The 2015 nesting season officially begins on June 1st, and for once we’re nearly ready. The total number of nests recorded (the 2014 season) came to 1,190, while the total hatchling released topped 90,100.
My forty-five day trip to California seemed like a six month adventure, enjoying the company of great friends, fascinatingly beautiful country of hot springs, from the Sierra Madre to the Coastal Redwoods.
Aside from blowing a head gasket on the way back to Mexico, the only other bad news came when I crossed the border and discovered that I would not be able to keep my Honda CR-V in México after July 7th, 2015, the date that I became a permanent immigrant, the reason, simply because the Honda was made Japan. If anyone down here is interested in trading a US plated vehicle for a Nayarit plate vehicle, let me know, but the Honda must be driven out of México before July 7th, 2015.
Weather-wise, daytime temperatures mostly in the mid to high 80°s, nighttime temps in the low to mid 70°s. Mid-day humidity was as expected around 70% and higher at times. The first three bolts of lightning arrived on the morning of June 31, while the total rainfall for the year came to one inch. On May 22nd, the first tropical storm of the season, Amanda, built itself into a category 4 hurricane. She drifted 500 miles in the direction of San Pancho before it dissolved into a harmless mass of clouds on the 29th.
It was eighteen years ago that the 1996-97 el Niño event destroyed over 77% of our beach nursery nests. With this disaster fresh in our minds, we are just a little nervous due to the increasing speculation that an el Niño event may once again return in 2014-15. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to counteract its effects except placing as many nests within the box nursery as possible. The 1996-97 el Niño created three months of rain (little lightning or sun.)
Volunteer-wise: Joslin, Starlie and Summer Bertrand, US - Lisa Fisher, Canada - and Manuel Murrieta from México. Go to Selected to view this season’s lineup of volunteers. The first five seasonal volunteers will arrive around mid-June.
Town and country wise, the gas station, sewer plant and the reconstruction of the town’s intersection is still lays-away plan, although the station’s sign is lit up at night, and shelves and equipment are being installed in the store. Work on the polo facility is moving ahead at a brisk pace. When I returned to San Pancho I found the town the same way as when I left, minus most of the tourists and snow-birds that had fled the heat. The lagoon had stretched itself out to nearly the center of town, but is slowly receding now. For some reason there are few surface plants, what little there is, is mostly Hyacinth. The pesos is about 12.6 per dollar, regular gasoline is now 3.90 per gallon.