Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers ~
The total number of nests recorded by the end of August came to 445, with some 407 nests place in the box nursery, 10 were left on the beach, and 28 were taken by the poachers. Over 2,200 hatchlings were released to date. Good news for a overworked and under-staffed crew, by the end of August last year we had recorded over 580 nests, this season it was only 445, or a 23% drop in one year. One other timesaver was hurricane Ivo which cut a six foot bank along three quarters of the beach, forcing nesting turtles to climb ashore on the north end.
August volunteers, Joslin, and Summer Bertrand, Kristen Barbour, Patricia Dombrowski, Megan Ewald, Lisa, Carly and Annie Hoffner, Terri Kirk and five friends, Robert Turner Anderson, all from the US - Amalia Sedlmayer, Germany - Zsofia Cserhati, Hungary - Manuel Murrieta, México - Lisa Fisher, Canada. (see photos below.) Within five days in mid-August twelve tired, but content volunteers returned home as scheduled, leaving behind a small crew of six: Joslin, Summer, Manuel, Zsofia, Turner and Lisa.
Since high wave flooding and heavy rains had destroyed countless nests within our beach nursery over the past years, we’ve decided to hold off placing nests out on the beach nursery as long as possible, perhaps in early September when the box nursery fills. But as luck would have it, this season to date we’ve received no flooding waves or extremely heavy rain, yet?
Over twenty-one donors gave generously to Joslin’s Face Book page request for PayPal donations. By September 1st we have receive a little over $950 dollars. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Weather-wise, there’s been no unusual weather events this month. Daytime temperatures were in the high 80°s while night time temps were around the mid 70°s. It caused some concern when we received less than an inch of rain between mid-July through mid-August, although by mid-month onward we began to receiving normal rainfall. Never the less the total rainfall in August was a scant 7.53 inches, while total rain for the season came to 18.33 inches, far less than we had hoped for.
Those who live on or within three blocks of the beach may have felt that they had received more rain than the San Pancho Weather Station reported. On the morning of September 1st, my rain gauge, (about two blocks from the beach) received 3.10 inches while the gauge at the San Pancho Weather Station on Calle Honduras received 1.11 inches, this difference is to be expected and is normal. Thunderstorms will normally drift in the direction of warm, moist air over the ocean. Although for some unknown reason, once at sea, thunderstorms will hug the coastline, causing storms to dump extra rain along the shoreline, which I may add, makes our work all the more difficult.
Town and country wise, around mid-August the lagoon opened to the sea and has remained open up until the end of August, never-the-less while open it cluttered the beaches with some floating debris. Tourism, as expected, dropped shortly after school started causing some shops and restaurants to close for the rest of the summer. Except for the construction at the new polo facility, there has been very little activity elsewhere. Resurfacing of Highway 200 had once begun, moving northward and should clear the town entrance by the first week of September. Rumor has it that our gas station is still idle because the intersection in to town needs to be re-engineered. As it stands now, buses, cars, horses and pedestrians are taking their lives into their hands trying to enter and exit San Pancho. Hopefully when the highway construction passes the intersection will be fixed and hopefully our gas station will open. By the end of August the pesos was 13 cash and 13.4 check, regular gasoline around $3.40 to 3.48 a gallon.
Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.