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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers

Except for a few late nests, this season is over.  For those hoping to see hatchlings, there are a handful of nests on the beach that should hatch throughout February to the end of May.

To date, the grand total of nests recorded this season came to a little over 1,000.  From that number, over 83,725 hatchlings were released to the sea.  About 755 nests were incubated in the box nursery, 181 nests were left on the beach with all traces of the nest and tracks removed, 33 nests were washed out by heavy surf, and 41 nests were taken by poachers.

Local part-time volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores.  Full-time volunteers for the rest of the winter will be Lisa Fisher, Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs and Robert Klusmeyer.

We are in need of volunteers throughout September to mid-November.  If interested, please, go to our application webpage at Application page , follow the instructions, answer all questions carefully and send it back via grupo-eco@project-tortuga.org  Also, for more information on our activities and schedules go to Selected.

Weather-wise:  Daytime temperatures were mostly in the low to mid 70s°, while night time temps were mostly in the very low to mid 60°s.  January rainfall came to 0.01 with no other unusual weather events.

We have known for decades that marine turtles can not see the color range between red through yellow.  The company listed on this webpage: Product Turtle Lighting  has designed a host of yard lights that will not attract marine turtles.  The lights will avoid the death of hundred of hatchlings and the disorientation of adults nesting turtles.

I just returned from a five day conference held in Loreto, Baja California.  The 20th annual event was called “Grupo Tortuguero de Las Californias”.  Like all the others that preceded it, the event was designed to share information on how to better protect marine turtles and their nests,  including better methods to incubate nests, keeping vehicles and excess lighting off the beach, disease and parasite control, etc.

The entire conference was well organized with all expenses paid, including very good food and lodging.  The conference was sponsored be about twenty NGO’s foundations, and was attended by over 150 people dedicated to the protection of the marine turtle.

Just a reminder: The 2018 Homeowners Directory and a new color selection of T-shirts are on sale at my house.  Drop by or call 259 4100 (12pm to 12am) and I will deliver.

Environmentally, Town and Country wise:  The police are patrolling the beach in a quad-runner. They are not allowing any other vehicles on the beach while stopping poaching and calling us if they find any nests.  The river still has a good flow of clear water under the main bridge, while the lagoon is open to the sea.  The entire beach is in good shape, although, the waves have carved a steep cliff right up to the town.  The peso is hovering around 18.1, while prices for gasoline and propane have risen sharply.

Most locals in town are asleep (or they just don’t care) but they are about to lose 33% of the beach in front of town when signs may go up stating “The area beyond this sign is exclusively for the residents of the Punta Paraíso Condominium only. Keep out!”  To make matters worse, during the rainy season, when the river snakes over in the direction of town, the people will have only a small sliver of beach to enjoy.

Plus you got to kidding, we live on a small hill and have been without water for three days, and this condominium is adding about 120 flush toilets,120 sinks, 60 showers and two swimming pools!!!!

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


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