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                    Newsletter No. 198 June, 2018
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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers ~

Turtle activities, since June 1st, the first day of the season we had recorded about 101 nests.  On July 15th we began placing nest within the box nursery, about 42 to date.  49 were left on the beach in disguised locations, and 6 were poached by the slime, and washed out 4.

Volunteer-wise:  Year-round volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores, Karen Sorum, and Hallie Loveridge.  Seasonal volunteers for the entire month of July were, Joslin and Summer Bertrand, Allison Carothers, Emer Creedon. 

July Volunteers that returned home were, Sam Light, Allison Carothers, Emer Creedon, Angie Dean, Roman Schlichting, Ryven Schlichting, Skyla Bertsch, Marjorie Bertsch, Saleil Bertsch and Sean Bertsch, Brigid Feerny, Aubrey Sherry, Brendan Sherry, and Conor Sherry.  Joslin and Summer Bertrand returning home on August 3rd.


Lights on the beach this year are a serious problem as it has been over the years.  It makes our work difficult and our effort to protect the marine turtle nearly impossible.  Each year it seems to be the same violators, (four private homes and two restaurants.)  If you see light shining on the beach please report the owners to SEMARNAT as they are totally in violation of Federal laws.

If you want to scare the hell out of a home burglar you’re not going to accomplish the job by flooding the beach with mega light, you scare them with several motion sensor lights fixtures.  When the burglar trips the light they will think that someone within the house spotted their movement in the yard and turned on their lights!!!   And please remember to use the colors of amber, orange, red, or any combination of the three. Those are the best colors for outside gardens.

Weather-wise:  Daytime temperatures were mostly in the mid to high 80°s and at times in the low 90°s, while night time temps were mostly in the mid to high 70°s.  Rainfall for June was 8.14 inches and for the year it came to 13.21 inches.  To make matters worse without heavy rain in August/September we may soon have a water shortage on our hands. 

Town and country wise:  Except for one brief flashflood on the morning of 26th, the river remains bone dry, the lagoon opened to the seas on the 26th of July.  The peso has ranged between 18.0 and 19.2 per dollar, while gasoline in México is higher than in most areas of the US, regular gasoline is at 19.9 per liter, or about 3.90 a gallon today.

The dune buggy just blew it’s motor on the morning of the 30th, and should be repaired and back on the beach in five days

As for the condominium, I am not sure but it seems that when they were drilling to locate base material to set the foundation on they opened an artesian well, which forced water to the surface.  At first this seems odd, if not impossible, but since I lived on that land about 27 years ago I understand what’s may have happened.

If you go back about 30 years ago, during the rainy months, you would see a growing lake on the south side of what is now known as Las Olas (see the map below.)  To keep this lake from spilling over into town a ditch was constructed to carry to the water off to the beach (the orange line just in front of my doorstep.)

When they began  landscaping Las Olas they covered the lake with three feet of soil and sand, although to this day the water remained near the surface for months after the last rain.  To drain the this water they punched two drain holes under the wall on to the street beside Plaza de Sol, and water can be seen seeping through the wall for months after the last rain.  Aside from rain, where this large amount of water came from was a mystery?

To construct a south wall along Las Olas they had to employ two large portable pumps to drain the water out of the ditch before they could pour the concrete foundation. The water is blocked from moving in the direction of the lagoon and river by an underground ridge of rock. (The yellow Line)

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





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