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                       Newsletter No. 196 May, 2018
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 Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers ~

May turtle activities: Several nests have hatched assisted by onlookers; two turtle nests were disguised; one dead turtle buried and one dolphin that had been killed by illegal fishing nets.  

As soon as you receive your flight information let us know via email, a printout of your itinerary is okay, although some information is missing, and sometimes the image fails leaving us with no flight info.  Please include on the opening line your arrival date and time  include the airline name and the flight number that you will arrive in Puerto Vallarta with and where is the last lag of the flight departing from.   Such as: (June 15,  2:45 PM,  Alaska #222,  San Diego.) then include the itinerary below.

Volunteer-wise:  Year-round volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores, Karen Sorum, Haillie Loveridge and Lisa Fisher. Lisa will be leaving us on June 21st for about six months.  Full-time volunteers were Jeremy, Athena and their two children. They returned home on May 21st. In June, seventeen new volunteers will join us.

Understandably, Linda Sorter is having a difficult time adjusting to the recent death of her husband, Jim.  We extend our support, love and hope that she finds peace and happiness in the coming years. We also hope that Linda will once again join us one of these summers in San Pancho.

The decision to document Grupo Ecológico’s accomplishments over the past 27 year was set in motion in response to numerous requests for general information regarding our past and present activities. It was also something that I have wanted to do for many years.  To accurately set any history to paper, every word must be factually correct from start to finish. One must record what happened in detail without prejudice and without omitting any important facts.

After posting History on the web, I began to receive emails containing comments both pro and con.  Although most of the early members felt that the text was factually correct, many also felt there was no rational reason for publishing some of the alarming text between early 1992 and early 1995.  I totally agreed and removed over 1,000 words (about one full web page).

The colored areas on the chart below show vacant apartments and dates available throughout the coming summer.  As you can see, we are in very serious need of volunteers from mid-August through mid-October.  Please do what you can to help. Be a volunteer or find friends to volunteer.  


If you’re interested, or know someone that is interested in joining us this summer, please, go to our new Google Application page  Answer all questions and hit ‘Submit’.  Also, for more information on our activities and schedules, go to Selected

Weather-wise:  Daytime temperatures were mostly in the low 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 to report, although summer is here with a change of rain soon..    

Town and country wise: The jungle is dry and dusty, normal for this time of year, but rain is on its way soon….I hope.  By the looks of the delivery trucks passing in front my house, construction of new homes is healthy. North of the border tourism is below normal. It may be a case of income disparity, a problem that is also costing us volunteers.  The peso is between 19.0 and 19.5 per dollar, while gasoline in México is higher than in most areas of the US.

The condominium pigs are at it again.  They’re carrying off dump-truck loads of our beach sand to some inland area.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why they’re not dumping this sand in front of the condominium for added protection, a buffer area of sorts.  As far as I am concerned, this sand came from the “Federal Zone” the public beach and should remain on the beach.


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



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