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Previousleft arrow                                          Newsletter No. 195 April, 2018

 

 Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers

One of our finest volunteers, Jim Sorter, passed away peacefully at home on March 30.  Jim and his wife, Linda, started their work with us in July 2000.   They loved to travel the world and were especially fond of their work with our Marine Turtle Preservation Project in San Pancho.

At home, Jim worked with the homeless, serving meals and providing clothing and community to those in need.  He was extremely proud to be an active member of the Humboldt Bay Veterans for Peace Chapter 56, where he volunteered as editor of the monthly newsletter “The Foghorn” and happily spent many windy, cold hours working on the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, when she was moored in Samoa.

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Except for a few nests hatching, there has been no other marine turtle activities.  Until it rains, we will not be able to drive the buggy on the beach. Hope for rain soon, as we need to start patrolling in mid-May.

Volunteer-wise:  Part-time volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores, Karen Sorum and Haillie Loveridge.  Full-time volunteers: Lisa Fisher, Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer will left us on May 3rd.  In mid-April, Jeremy, Athena and their two children became our first volunteers of the season.  At that time, we began to clean, repair and set up the box nursery, including purchasing equipment.

We have created a new five-page website: History It is designed to provide our volunteers and supporters with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the struggle behind our efforts to preserve the marine turtle over the past three decades.   Since “History” contains 5,247 words, it is not recommended for the casual reader unless they’re truly interested.

We had to change our application form for the third time in the past two years.  I wanted to let everyone know of this change as soon as possible since the last application page was disabled for several weeks.   The new page is now in service. It is easier to understand and faster to fill out. So put it to work.

In any case, we are frantically looking for several good volunteers for both the beginning and the end of the season, check out the dates listed below.
  
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If you’re interested in joining us this summer, please, go to our new Google Application page   Answer all questions carefully and hit send.  Also, for more information on our activities and schedules, go to Selected

Weather-wise:  Daytime temperatures were mostly in the high 70°s to high 80°s, while night time temps were mostly in the low to mid 70°s.  Rainfall for the year came to 0.01” with no other unusual weather events except for months of chilly night temps, although summer temps arrived in late April.  There is little to no water flowing in the arroyo and no water flowing under the main bridge. The lagoon is slowly filling with water plants.

If you have not received a copy of the Directory, you can help support us by picking up a copy at Casa Tortuga (the nursery) on 102 Calle America Latina. I live upstairs in the right duplex.  Also for those that have returned home for the summer and would still like to contribute, you can go to PayPal

Tourism dropped sharply after Easter, a little faster than expected, while home building is up sharply as compared to the past eight years.  Regular gasoline prices are also up to 18.6 pesos per litre or $3.86 dollars per gallon.

It normally took nature a year to carry one dump truck load of fresh beach sand down to our local beach.  It’s through erosion-- via heavy rain, that beach sand is replenished but, unfortunately, today we have four elements working against this normal replacement.

* It accidently happened when the Government closed down the Ejido about 30 years ago.  That single act brought to an end the serious hillside erosion that was caused by out-of-control slash-and-burn and over-grazing of the jungle.  As a result, it also stopped the free flow of tons of sand to our beaches.
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* The worst offenders are the developers who carelessly remove sand from the beach mainly along the Federal Zone and dump it in an inland quarry. This sand is lost forever.

* With the continued loss of sand (and when and if the sea level rises as predicted), it will bring the shoreline to the doorsteps of many homes, including the condominium now under construction.

* If Global Climate Change is for real and hurricanes are on the increase, their storm surges will eventually destroy the entire beach to the point where the marine turtles will have nowhere to nest.

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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