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                           Newsletter No. 197 June, 2018
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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers ~

Turtle activities were about normal for June, with sixteen nests recorded, all nests were disguised in place on the beach to keep the poachers at bay.  We have also buried 2 dead turtles that have washed up on the beach due to unknown reasons.  While caring for nests at night, pre-season work was accomplished over the past two months- all 330 styrofoam nest boxes have been reinforced, glued and taped.  The dune buggy received preventive maintenance including new rear shocks installed, the front breaks repaired, etc.   The nursery was also repaired after finding a very small amount of termite damage. 

Volunteer-wise:  Year-round volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores, Karen Sorum, and Hallie Loveridge.  Seasonal volunteers for June were Hailey Rogala and Amanda Whorley, Joslin and Summer Bertrand, Jessica and Mark Hiller, Sam Light, Allison Carothers, Emer Creedon, Angie Dean, Roman Schlichting, Ryven Schlichting, Skyla Bertsch, Marjorie Bertsch, Soleil Bertsch and Sean Bertsch.  Volunteers returned home were: Hailey Rogala, Amanda Whorley, Jessica and Mark Hiller.

After twelve years of volunteering and sharing my home, twenty-three old Lisa Fisher has returned to Canada with her mother and father, to join her grandmother.  The sad part of this move is that I miss them and hope that someday they can return to San Pancho.

Lighting on the beach is again a serious problem, it seems to be the same eight violators, (four private homes and four restaurants) that make our work of protection of the marine turtle difficult.   As for the homes, if you want to scare the hell out of home burglar you’re not going to accomplish your goal by flooding the beach with mega watts of lights, you scare them with several motion sensor lights fixtures.  They will think that someone in the house saw them in their yard and turned on their lights!!!  When they leave the lights will go off.

Weather-wise:  Daytime temperatures were mostly in the low to high 80°s, while night time temps were mostly in the mid to high 70°s.  Rainfall for the month/year came to 5.07 inches.  Hurricane Bud was our first close encounter with a tropical storm, although being over 250 miles out at sea and being a category one it had little to offer in the way of wind, rain or waves.

Town and country wise: The jungle received 3.5 inches of rain on the early morning of the 6th.  The quick shot of moisture turned the jungle green within ten days, never-the-less the river is still dry.  To make matters worst, the moisture level within our watershed is dropping, and we’ve have run out of water at the apartments for the fifth time this year.

The peso has ranged between 19.2 and 20.2 per dollar, while gasoline in México is higher than in most areas of the US, regular gasoline is at 19.2 per liter, or about 3.83 a gallon today.  And for some reason at night when we are on the beach looking for nests the lagoon is spreading the worst odor ever, its enough to make you gag.

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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Hailey Rogala, Amanda Whorley, Sam Light, Mark and Jessica Hiller
Frank Smith, Lisa Fisher, Johanne Pouliot, Carol Harootunian
Joslin Bertrand, Allison Carothers and Emer Creedon

 

         

   


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