By the end of December the box nursery held 23 nests, 7 of which had not had not hatched yet, but should hatch by January 7th. Very few nests have been found on the beach since mid-November, about 51. To date, total nests recorded this season are 984, while the number of hatchlings released comes to 83,575. The poachers made off with 40 nests while 29 other nests were washed out by heavy surf. On December the 29th, 54% of the remaining 42 nest boxes hatched all at once with the release of over 700 hatchling, while on the following two day over 1,440 hatchlings were released. Very unusual for late in the season.
Part-time volunteers for December were: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores. Full-time volunteers for the rest of the winter will be Lisa Fisher, Robert Klusmeyer, Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs, plus a host of walk-in volunteers.
The “2018 San Francisco Homeowners Directory” is published and is on sale for anyone would like a copy or two. If you have the time, please drop by my house, Casa Tortuga, and pick up a copy. It will really help as 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the directory go to fund the turtle project.
Also, during the last five years, over forty homeowners have sold, moved away and, unfortunately, many were very good friends. However, this winter you may become acquainted with new neighbors and, if that’s the case and you feel that they might like to be included in the directory, please have them email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send me their names and email address and I will contact them.
The heat and moisture instruments donated by Douglas Calvert have given us a detailed insight into the incubation process. The continuous data readout is sent to my computer providing us with minute-by-minute updates on how heat and moisture are effecting the incubation process.
Important note: Our application page is working once again. If you are interested please go to http://project-tortuga.org/volunteers1.html and follow the instructions. Answer all questions carefully and send it to email@example.com. It’s a little different but it works. We are looking for volunteers, especially former volunteers, so let us know your concerns and plans and we will get back to you. Before selecting a dater see Selected for more information.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were mostly in the low to mid 80s°, while night time temps were mostly in the low to mid 60°s. December rainfall came to 2.87 inches, and the total for the entire season came to 61.32 inches, a near record. Except for several unusual rainy days on December 8th and 15th to 17th, there were no other unusual weather events. Although the rains caused night time temps to drop from the low 70°s into the very low 60s°.
Environmentally, Town and Country wise: Not counting the campers, the beach in front of the town is beginning to look a lot like Sayulita, cluttered with lights, umbrellas, chairs and tables, etc. Not a good environment for nesting marine turtles. Otherwise, the river has a good flow of clear water and the lagoon is still open to the sea, while the beach also looking good with a lot of campfire wood.
Remodeling of newly purchased homes and some businesses is at an all-time high, while most of the new building is in town. During the holidays we counted about 200 or more tents of campers on the beach, all of whom were well-mannered young students from the inland cities. The pesos is hovering around 19.2, while prices for gasoline and propane have risen sharply.