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Previousleft arrow                                          Newsletter No. 194 March, 2018

 Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers

The number of nests recorded over the past three seasons has been relatively low; between 650.and a 1,000.  There could be several reasons for the low count:
1. The death of hundreds of male turtles over the past two years.
2. Inadequate food supply caused by El Niño.
3. The increasing number and strength of hurricanes since 1971.
4. A number of El Niño events since 1971 (uncomfortably warm water).
5. A slow rise in sea levels that threatens the beaches used by nesting turtles.
6. A rise in beach sand temperatures that results in a 6:1 increase in female hatchlings.

At this point in time, it is difficult to know why but it is puzzling in light of the fact that the number of nests should have been increasing over the past three years.

Volunteer wise:  Part-time volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores.  Full-time volunteers: Lisa Fisher, Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer.  Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs  had returned home on April 3rd. Also a short stay by Joslin, Summer and Starlie during the last week of March.

We are in serious need of at least five to seven good volunteers during:
* May 3rd to 31st, one month in apartment #1
* May 27th to mid-June, three weeks in apartment #2
* May 1st to 13th, two weeks in apartment #4
* August 20th to mid-November, three months in apartment #1
* Mid-September to mid-November, two months in apartment #4

If you’re interested in joining us this summer, please, go to our application webpage at Application page and follow the instructions. Answer all questions carefully and submit it to us 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 mid to high 70s, while night time temps were mostly in the very low to mid 60°s.  Rainfall for the year came to 0.01” with no other unusual weather events.  On March 10th, 11th & 12th, night temps dropped into the bone-chilling high 50°s, although, by the end of March, night time temps were slowly on the rise.

We have known for many years that marine turtles can not see the colors between dark red and bright yellow.  The company listed on this webpage: Product Turtle Lighting  has designed and produced a host of very nice outdoor lights that will not attract marine turtles.  These lights will prevent the death of hundreds of hatchlings and adult nesting turtles disoriented by white to blue light.

If you would like to contribute and have not yet received a Homeowners Directory, you can help by picking up a copy at Casa Tortuga, (the nursery) on 102 Calle America Latina. I live upstairs in the right duplex.

Also see this important video: Save the beach.  This video was taken just in front of the construction of the new condominium project.

April 1st was Easter, the middle of the two week Semana Santa Holiday. A time in which most people north of border wisely avoid San Pancho and for good reason.  For tourists, finding a place to park anywhere near the beach is almost impossible. Once they reach the beach they find it crowded, chaotic and noisy.   View this video and you see for yourself.

Frank D. Smith
Director
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
http://www.project-tortuga.org
Tel. 311-258-4100

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