Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends ~
On March 7th the last of thirty-one late nests of the 2010 season were cleaned. Despite the extremely cold nights throughout the past five months, over 1,983 hatchlings (or 67%) made it from nest-to-the-sea. However, once in the sea, their odds of survival dropped to near zero due to the colder than normal sea temperatures. Unfortunately, any nests found after December will experience serious problems due to the cold and this winter was one of the coldest.
On March 25th, Landa Manual, fondly known as Gallo, passed away at his home in San Pancho at the age of fifty-three. Gallo was an exceptionally gifted artist and a gracious host whose restaurant welcomed our weekly slide show presentation with open arms. Like no other musician he could play the flute or Peruvian Pan pipes with a magic that put chills up our spine. If you enjoyed his music you may enjoy this video of one of his and my favorite El Condor Pasa (see photo of Gallo below)
Volunteer-wise, except for a flood of good applicants scheduled up to the end of summer break, enlisting from mid-September on is going well. Although after sending out the April 12 updater we received five cancellations. So if you’re a past volunteer and/or know of anyone that may be interested in joining us, let us know. If you have a chance, take a look at http://www.project-tortuga.org/selected.html
Town-wise, the bridge is finished, an excellent, good looking job, but why day-glow lime green railings? (see photo below.) As for the planters, why in the world did they place eight to twelve thorny bougainvillea in each one. Could it be that they want people to abandon the sidewalks and walk in the center of the street? Insanity! There is talk about moving the sewer plant up to the top of town.
Despite the fact that we sold fewer copies of the 2011 Homeowners Directory this season, we met our financial goal thanks to two generous donations: Mike and Sheila Inglis and the Bob and Susan Cole Foundation. Also a good suggestion from Geno, gather donations while we release hatchlings. Also note, since the Yellow Pages were released five months late, we were not able to update phone numbers until mid-April and as a result we found over 52 new listings, approximately 42 cancellations and nearly 60 numbers that belong to seasonal homeowners from abroad, but were listed in the Yellow Pages under another person's name and address. In any case, when and if we print more copies in May these corrections will be included.
Despite our intention to have our new kitten spayed she got pregnant as we misjudged her age and her determination. So if you're looking for a pet, we should have kittens to adopt sometime in late June.
Due to a cancellation one of our best apartments (upstairs, large patio in front and on the roof, two bedroom) is available to rent throughout the months of May and June.
The new garden - A busy nursery and garden operation is being created behind the bodega at Entre Amigos. Over 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit trees have already been planted, and 80% of them will find their way to other gardens in the area.
The intention behind the project is to inspire and support the creation of efficient and beautiful organic food gardens in San Pancho and its surrounding communities. The project is beginning to offer on-site educational activities for local schools, such as the Escuela del Mundo and the Bucerias High School. Visitors of all ages learn remarkably efficient methods of making soil, creating raised beds, transplanting seedlings and making compost. Garden activities are taking place daily, including weekends, from 11-2.
Please visit the San Pancho Community Garden blog for more information (you can subscribe to the blog on the top right-hand side of the page to follow the activities of the project)
Great thanks to Entre Amigo, Juaquin and all those who have helped make this project come to life
Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.