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Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends ~

With the onset of summer’s heat, the recession, and the fears of swine flu, Gallo decided to throw in the towel and closed his restaurant.  I personally enjoyed Gallo’s Pizza, and would like to thank him for allowing us to facilitate our weekly slideshow presentation at his restaurant over the past four years.  For the time being there are no plans to conduct any marine turtle presentation until after November. Where? I have no idea.

Despite the faltering economy and swine flu, we have not lost a single volunteer for those reasons.  Although, when they started to talk of a pandemic, I thought the marine turtle program was on its way out. This season we have five very nice volunteer apartments, all within a minute's walking distance of the nursery.  To date, we have thirty-two volunteers joining us for an average of two months each.  They come from: México, France, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England and the USA.  (See http://www.project-tortuga.org/selected.html for more information.)

The first three volunteers will arrive on June 3rd, at which point we will begin the task of:

Purchasing supplies.
Constructing one hundred screened nest rings.
Set in a cement platform under the nursery's work area.
Clean out and install a new plastic cover over the nursery.
Clean and repair the nurseries.
Lengthen the beach nursery by 60 feet.
Install a new door on the beach nursery.
Enclose it with a new black plastic construction fence.
Rebuild some buggy trails down to the other beaches.
Last, but not least, we need to clean all the litter out of the river basin before heavy rains.

The dune buggy has been repaired and the cost was less than expected, $158.00 USD, which included a new ball joint in the front suspension, all brakes repaired and adjusted, new shifting linkage and lever, and valves adjustment.  We can only wait and see what happens this summer, although there is one big difference between this season and last: we have replaced almost every part on the beast.

Weather-wise and otherwise, on May 11th, the humidity jumped up to the muggy 70/85% range, while daytime temperatures ranged between 85/95°. The beaches are clean and the sea is somewhat clear.  Except within one-quarter mile of the lagoon, the entire length of the riverbed is dry. The lagoon is somewhat below normal with water lettuce and hyacinth beginning to cover the surface.

On the morning of May 18th, we received our first thunderstorm followed by two more days of light rain. The three-day total came to about three-quarters of an inch. The day before the first rain, the jungle looked as if it was going to die under the choking weight of dust and dehydration. Ugly, but nothing that a good rain can’t fix.  These rains were the earliest I can recall. Generally, they come between mid-June and mid-July, although the euphoria over early rain was short lived. The following two weeks were hot and dry.

There is an excellent way to determine arrival of thunderstorms days before they appear.  Take a look at: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/epac/loop-wv.html

During the summer months, July through October, gradient winds in the Pacific blow eastward away from mainland México taking any hurricanes with them in the direction of Hawaii.  At this time inland winds over México remain somewhat calm, idea for the creation of thunderstorms.

During the summer months, November through mid-June, winds reverse directions blowing strong gradient winds out of the southwest Pacific over México.  As a results thunderstorms flattened and are blown into the Golf of México.   The summer wind pattern occasionally blows hurricanes out of the Pacific inland over México during the months of May/June and October/November

The municipal street project running from the beach to Calle America Latina is about 95% complete with only work on the planters left.  (See images)  While work from Calle America Latina to Calle Asia has just begun.

For whatever reason, we’re back to the way it was in the mid 90’s when dogs napped in the middle of the street and occasionally a carload of lost tourists would stumble into town.  I am sure this is not what the merchants of San Pancho had in mind. On the other hand, they would love the business in my home town of Idyllwild, California, a town crowded with tourists year round.  A town where merchants raised prices to the max forcing locals to drive an extra sixty miles a week just to purchase food and gasoline and then return home to find themselves playing chicken with a carload of tired tourists driving on the wrong side of the road.

Thanks, but no thanks! I am sure there are many of us that like San Pancho just the way it is today and as it was in the mid 90’s: colorful and tranquil.  I like change but I do not want San Pancho to be like Sayulita, where the trees have been replaced by neon lights and signs, where beaches are paved with tourists, tables, chairs and restaurants, and every parking space on the block has been filled with tourist cars and every road jammed with traffic, or to find that eating out is more expensive then you thought possible. Where merchants wave towels and menus in your face as you walk the sidewalks. Not in San Pancho! Please!

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

       

.......First roadside planter completed

       


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