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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends ~

It’s the 4th of July, and we’ve received over seven inches of rain, twice the normal amount for early July.  Endless rains since the 25th of June is a growing concern for the survival of the nests within the beach nursery.  This is the fourth consecutive year that adverse weather has caused serious problems on the beach, including flooding waves, heavy rains and abnormally cold night temperatures, and now continuous rains.

It’s now the 23rd and we’ve received over 14.5 inch of rain, a problem for the twenty nests within the beach nursery, this is what happen last season when the first sixty-four nests suffered a loss of 43% due to heavy rains.  To prevent any further loses we are covering the nests with plastic sheeting.  On the 10th we quickly setup the box nursery one month earlier than last year.

The totals nests at the end of July: twenty were placed within the beach nursery, eighty-five in the box nursery, seven nests poached and three relocated or left in place.  Since we had been unable to cover the other four beaches we decided on making several passes over Playa Questo to learn how many nests had been lost over the past two months, and that not a single was lost.  We may be short of volunteers, but we are not short of nests, by the end of July we recorded 115that is more the twice what we recorded last season, and 16% under the all-time record of 137 nests collected in 2009. (See chart below)

Volunteer-wish, I just received this letter from Jim Sorter “It is with sadness that I write to tell you that Linda and I will not be able to come down this summer to work.  We have had some significant setbacks in our health as well as with other things.”  Jim and Linda have been a vital part of our group and a source comradeship and unity throughout the past ten years.  I hope someday they will return to San Pancho in a happy state of good health.  Send them letters of encouragement and cheer, their address is: Jim and Linda Sorter,  1762 Buttermilk Lane, Arcata, CA 95521, e-mail is: TurtlDncer@aol.com

This year's group hails from the USA, Canada, UK, Lithuania and Australia.  July volunteers, Lisa Fisher, Elizabeth Kimball Key, Kevin Klemmt, Melissa Younkins, Laurynas Pukenas, Gerry, Rachel and Hayden Arnold, Sara Shwadchuck, Joslin, Summer and Starlie, Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs. Diana Rush and Paul Mushen. (see photo below)  
Weather-wise for July,  the first week it was a little wild, two Hurricanes, Adrian in the Pacific and Arlene in the Atlantic, teamed up with several thunderstorms to deliver 7.5 inches of rain, far above the norm for early July.  Early July temps were lower than normal, highest daytime was 87° lowest nighttime was around 77°.  Much like normal the last two weeks of the month was hot and humid.

At two in the morning on July 10th the lagoon overflowed and emptying tons of water Hyacinths into the sea and back onto or along the beach.  Despite the constant rains, the river stubbornly refused to flow until July 17th.  At 10 in the morning on the 26th an incredible one hour lightning storm, accompanied with two inches of very heavy rain set the river to the brim and brought the season total up to a waterlogged 19 inches, and just think, September is the rainy month down here.

Town-wise,  I understand that San Pancho has received funding from the government to tidy up its rough edges, work has already begun on the beach where a crew piled up and removed dislodged Water Hyacinths and trash.  Tourism is at near zero, and since the first rain water trucks have nearly stopped which may suggest that most water was used for gardens and not all for renters.        

And what about the dune buggy?  Why is it running so well?  Is because it is getting ready to spring a sudden breakdown in the middle of the night during a heavy rainstorm.  The total cost of operating the buggy (not counting gasoline) this year came to $202, which includes $80 for a set of new water-proof seat cushions

Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
Tel. 311-258-4100

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Rachel, Gerry and Hayden Arnold
Lisa Fisher, Laurynas Pukenas
Joslin, Summer and Starlie Bertrand


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