Long Term Monitoring of the Natural Forests of Azores -Collaboration with Natural Park of Graciosa

The Azorean Biodiversity Group started an unprecedented collaboration with several Azorean environmental organizations to perform a Long Term Ecological Study in the natural forest of several Azorean islands. 

The most recent collaboratin started this week with the Natural Park of Graciosa.

This study aims to monitor the flying insect fauna to monitor the impact of climatic changes in the productivity of Azorean native forests. We aim to monitor these forests four times per year following the seasonal variation during the next 5 years within the 2020 Horizon.

For that we setup SLAM traps (see Attached Figure) in the following areas: Pico Alto at St. Maria island; Graminhais, Tronqueira and Furnas at S. Miguel Island; Galhardo, Caldeira St. Bárbara, Terra-Brava and Rocha do Chambre at Terceira Island; Caldeira, Cabeço do Fogo and Pedro Miguel at Faial island; Caveiro, Lagoa do Caiado and Mistério da Prainha at Pico island; Caldeira Funda and Morro Alto in Flores,and now in Caldeira and Caldeirinhas in Graciosa.

The traps in Terceira are already operating since 2012 within the Project NETBIOME ISLANDBIODIV. In the other islands the study started in August-September 2013.

This study is possible due to an unprecedented collaboration with the Natural Parks of Santa Maria, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Flores, Graciosa, SPEA, the Botanical Garden of Faial and the Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre