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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends ~

Nearing the end of the 2009 season we had documented 1,044 nests, although this is not the true number deposited along our six beaches.  As mentioned in earlier newsletters, on August 24th we were forced to discontinue the collection of nests on all beaches except the local San Pancho beach.  As a result we may have lost as many as 96 nests, of which we believe 60% may have been taken by poachers.  If our figures are correct the season total should have been around 1,140 nests, which is about 77 more than 1,063 recorded in 2008

Once again the beach nursery (with less than 33 new nests) was flooded by storm waves, but this time the damage was not as bad as the three earlier events.  The waves came from a large storm that crossed the States between the 8th through the 10th.  As you can see from the image below the damage was not minimal.  Other nurseries up and down the cost have also reporting loses due to storm waves.

A little before Christmas we stopped looking for nests, although what few nests are found are now brought in by local volunteers.  These nests are being placed in the beach nursery which now contains about 32 nests.

Weather-wise, on the last night of November we received an unusually heavy rainfall, and throughout December we received six additional nights of rain bring the season up to 39.5 inches.  Daytime temperatures were generally in the mid 80°s, while nighttime temperatures dipped into the low 60°s due to the unseasonable late rains.   Unseasonal cold temperatures are affecting the last 56 nests within both the box and beach nurseries, causing a delay in the incubation period by up to 10 to 14 days, and may cause some to totally fail.

Town-wise, despite the holiday, work on Avenida Tercer Mundo continues with workers pouring the street surface and installing planters.  A chink in the palm laden armor of paradise, scores of town folk have been infected with Dengue in what is described as one of worst outbreaks in decades.  Despite the record cases life here seems to be moving along as if nothing had happened.  One other chink, over the past several months home burglaries have been on the increase despite all efforts to stop the thieves, no arrests have been made.  To date no one has seen or heard them enter, and for the most part the thieves strike after midnight and along the beach during the day, so be careful.

Despite the faltering economy, threats of drug violence, swine flu, Dengue, home burglaries and just being México, San Pancho is packed to the rafters with tourists this holiday, as is Puerto Vallarta which is seeing near record crowds this holiday.   

Nicole of Entre Amigos has launched a work for food program to help families survive the current economic recession.  Much like our program, Entre Amigos needs donations to keep the wheels turning and they need your help to keep the shelves’ stocked with food.   Following is a list of food they need in priority: Cases of box milk, cooking oil, pasta of all kinds, cans of tuna, and tomato paste.  Sacks of dry beans, oats and corn meal, wheat flower and sugar.  Large containers of Instant coffee, sardines, cookies and dry soup.

The next three paragraphs are devoted to raise funds to support our upcoming environmental program.  Our request is urgent; we are 40,000 pesos short of meeting our goal. 

Our yard sale is set for the first weekend in February, 6th, 7th and 8th, and again on the 20th, 21st and 22nd.   We are looking for any unwanted items that can be sold.  Hopefully we can recycle them into someone’s home and yard while rising funding for our programs.   If no one is at my home, set your yard sale material on the white tables at the gates. 

The regular and half size Homeowner’s Directories are published and copies can be purchased at my house on America Latina, otherwise I’ll be calling you for a special delivery.  Since there are few homeowners in San Pancho at anyone time, picking a copy at my house would be very helpful.

Please help us rent out our volunteer apartments throughout the off season, these rentals are reasonable and utilities are paid.  Call or visit San Pancho Rentals at 258-4320 or contact http://www.sanpanchorentals.com      

The Mexico Senate has approved an amendments that will allow Bahía de Banderas and Puerto Vallarta to share the same time zone, thus both will soon be governed by Central time.  The time change will become effective once it is published in the Mexican Official Gazette.

Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C
Mexico tel. (311) 258-4100
America Latina #102
San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico



        Little damage this time, although it may have
        destroyed some nests.

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