Marine Turtle activities: Except for a few nests hatching naturally along our beach and the fact that we are still receiving a few late nests, there is no additional news.
Volunteer-wise: No change. Year-round volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge. November through April volunteers will be Gale Greer, Lorren Garliche and Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer.
We are planning to invite about 32 volunteers to join us this summer: 12 new enlistees along with 20 former members. To date, we have enlisted 19 or 60% of our goal. This year the reply to our request for volunteers has been a little slow. Like my daughter said, “It could be that few people are reading your e-mail messages because Facebook has become a near-total distraction.” Whatever the case, I am beginning to panic. Please, if your name is on the selected list, let us know your answer. A quick yes or no would be very helpful at this point.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 70°s to high 80°s, while night time temps were in the mid to high 60°s. Except for a few light drizzles, there has been no rain this year. I viewed about a dozen YouTube videos predicting the 2019 Eastern Pacific Hurricane season. It looks as if the Eastern Pacific might host around 30 tropical storms this season. Of those, 20 could be category 1 while 12 are predicted to be much stronger. What was interesting about the video above is that it predicts that a category 5 will pass extremely close to San Pancho.
Coyote's injuries are healing better than we expected. Although, the overall healing process has taken a little longer than we anticipated, over two months now. We are hoping that he’ll be back on the beach (with a leash) by mid-March. Many thanks to all those who contributed to his recovery. A small amount of the donations will be used to correct a serious hazard caused when the street was opened to two lanes of traffic. At that point the speed tripled, along with the hazard to all animals and the amount of dust kicked up. The only way to correct this hazard is to install rubber speed-bumps in front of our house. The same speed-bumps as installed at Costco.
We have four different methods of raising funds, but there are some problems:
* Discontinuing the publication of the Homeowners Directory was necessary for many sound reasons. There are no Mexican white pages to draw phone numbers from and sponsors/donors dropped from 140 to 80 and are homeowners nearly impossible to find. Especially when their homes are up for rent most of the year.
* Public releasing of hatchlings at sunset was discontinued last year because of the extreme cold weather in November and, to some extent, the out-of-control onlookers.
* On the bright side, we have T-shirts with a newly designed logo and a new selection of colors that are now available at the nursery/house.
* At this point in time, PayPal and T-shirts are our only way of raising funds. Please keep us in mind and help us protect the turtles and the environment.
Town and Country: Without the island in the lagoon, the surface looks twice the size. The peso at the end of February is hovering around 18.65, regular gasoline is $4.21 per gallon. Propane, that was almost impossible to obtain in January, is becoming more widely available at 600 pesos per regular tank (60kg).