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Newsletter No. 81 - November, 2007
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Hola Volunteers, Friends, and Supporters ~

An extraordinary year! Normally by mid-November, we would have less than 40 nests in the nursery, be cleaning one or two nests a day, and collecting about three nests a week. This season, on November 15th, we had over 220 nests in the nursery, we were cleaning about twelve boxes a day and collecting up to three nests a night.

Believe it or not, we have recorded over 900 nests this season and, as a result, we may be releasing up to 67,000 hatchlings by the end of this season. This will be about 244 nests more than recorded in our previous peak season of 2001.

The rundown at the end of November is as follows:
· 655 nests placed in the nursery
· 189 nests relocated to one of several protected areas
· 56 nests taken illegally.

If our projections are correct, we could receive as many as 33,500 nests by the end of 2025 but, then again, whoknows?

The unusually high number of nests within the nursery has given us a unique opportunity to hatch late season nests throughout November, and perhaps hopefully beyond. Two hundred and twenty nests will generate enough heat by means of "thermo-mass" (heat stored in sand during the day and released at night) and "bio-thermo conversion" (heat produced by the hatchlings during the last twelve days of incubation). Combined, this heat will keep late season nests between 29° to 31.5°C at least up to mid-December or until the nursery temperatures drop below a safe point of 20°C. In any case, we may be able to produce an extra 2,000 to 3,000 hatchlings by taking advantage of this heat.

Except for Dave, Johanne and their daughter, Lisa, (who are planning remain with our program the year around) all other volunteers have returned home. I would personally like to thank all our volunteers for their outstanding service and dedication to the preservation of the marine turtle. I have enjoyed your companionship, concern, and help. To all past volunteers, if you would like to join us next season, 2008, let us know so we can schedule you in right away.

Weather-wise, November turned from hot and humid to pleasant. Thus, the Snowbirds are returning to San Pancho not because the weather here is great, but because the weather at home is freezing cold.

Despite the punishing demands of this extraordinary season, the Group's dune buggy has held together incredibly well. Although, as in the past, it will need extensive off-season repairs including the replacement of the front suspension trailing arms, tie rod, ball-joints, and the entire pedal assembly. We will also need to remove rust and repaint.

If all goes well we should print the first copies of the Homeowner's Directory publiched within the first week of December. However, in order to ensure that everybody's information is up to date we will need your cooperation. If you have not already done so, please send an email with your correct information.

In addition, the Directory will be sold at the annual Art show at Plaza Del Sol December 28, 29 and 30. Look for Grupo Ecológico's booth in the center of Plaza de Sol.

Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C
Mexico tel. (311) 258-4100
America Latina #102
San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico

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