Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends ~
Like magic, the first five nests were collected within the three nights of July and quickly placed in the beach nursery.
For reasons of health Jim Sorter will not be able to join us this season, we wish him a speedy recovery, and will miss him very much, send an e-mail to if you get a change,
Weather-wise, at last, the first thunder and lightning brought a total of 1.5 inches of rain on the evenings of June 17th, 18th and the 25th. The badly needed rain, rinsed the landscape of dust and sending forth a beautiful array of green leaves. Like Hurricane Alex and other hurricanes, if they‘re not producing days of heavy rain, they do like Alex, which has now generated a week of cloudy, cool weather, but don’t hold your breath it will be back to normal (hot) as soon as the last of Alex has vanished.
Over the past month, a combination of five tropical storms, including two hurricanes were launched off the southern coastal waters of Mexican, a little too close for comfort. Despite the storms, by the end of June the river remains totally dry and the lagoon it feeds had dropped to about seven feet below the high water mark.
On the other hand good news for those of you who love aquatic flowers, the surface of the lagoon which for five years has been covered with Water Lettuce is slowly being replaced by Water Hyacinth, a flowering, free-floating aquatic plant used around the world to filter sewage into clear water. On me second trip to San Pancho in June of 1992 the lagoon’s surface was entirely covered with this beautiful plant.
Not a big deal, but the buggy’s new stainless steel fenders have a small design flaw, the buggy rear tire is hitting the front of the fender, especially when one or two passengers are sitting on the fender. To correct the problem the front of the rear fender will have to be moved forward about four inches.
Within the second week of June the old beach nursery was completely removed, and a new nursery reconstructed just north and about five feet further back from the waves. This nursery measures is 96’ by 24’ feet and should hold about 380 nests. (See image below)
Work on the box nursery began on June 25th and by the 30th the plastic cover, staples and all the nest boxes within were removed. Problem with termites were not as bad as feared, only three boards were infected and replaced, and then the structure was realigned and leveled. A new plastic cover will be replaced around July 18th (See image below)
Town-wise, the work on the third and last section of Ave Tercer Mundo project is about 80% complete and about 85% of the planters between the beach and Calle Ceilan are finished. Several planters between Calle Cuba and Calle America Latina have been landscaped with beautiful palms, scrubs, flowers, etc. At this point (and it could change at anytime) there is only one detours open, across Calle Ceilan to the main highway. With few tourists in town there are few traffic jams over this route, although you must be careful when crossing the river, especially during thunderstorms and heavy rains.
Due to five cancellations throughout the month of June we are going to be short of help. Up until mid-June I had little trouble filling vacancies as soon as they would occur, but with little time to bring on new volunteers, we’re just going to be short. By the end of June we have enrolled twenty-nine volunteers, sixteen or 58% are return staff, with fifteen coming from the USA, seven from Canada and the last seven from México, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Russia and the UK. If anyone out there would like to help, come on down!!
Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C
Mexico tel. (311) 258-4100
San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico
Beach nursery, 96 by 24 feet, holds 380 nests. The box nursery ready for a new plastic cover.
These ugly planters are taking up valuable customer parking and should not have been built!!
These planters will enhance the looks of San Pancho, bring tourism and business for decades to come.