Volunteers, Supporters, and Friends
Down to the wire with less than four nests incubating in the nursery, the last of which was collected on December 11th, and should hatch around February 5th. Normally between mid-November and the end of February, we collect 20 to 30 additional late nests. To properly incubate these nests, an electric heater is used to maintain a nursery temperature of 32°C. Unfortunately the price of electricity has nearly doubled over the past year, and we can no longer afford the expense of heating. All nests found since December 11th have been placed in the fresh sand outside the nursery, despite the fact that temperatures may be too low (between 23.5° and 27.5°C) to properly incubate them.
By the fifth of February the hatchlings from the last of 416 nests will have been released, bringing the total number this season to around 32,100 hatchlings released. From the 109 relocated nests, it is estimated that 8,300 hatchlings survived. In total, it is estimated that 40,400 were protected this season, as compared to 40,660 hatchlings last season.
The past weeks have been remarkable, for weeks the beaches were pounded with heavy waves, followed by an out-of-season, but welcome night's rain, including a beautiful lightning display over the ocean. The days have been warm in the high 70's, with unusually clear and cold nights.
As tourism reached its lowest point in a decade, the task of raising sufficient funding for our environmental programs have become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. By the first of this year, it seemed that all avenues of selling T-shirts and raising funds had been completely exhausted. It was at that time that the grant writers saved the day by offering their expertise and support. After several weeks of looking over the various granting foundations, we came to the prospects of both bad and good news.
The good news first. The likelihood of securing adequate funding to support Dr. Alberto Sézkelys work in order to complete the Environmental Zoning and Ecological Land Use Planning Program and the filing of a Popular Complaint may quickly materialize. (Within coastal areas of Mexico, the EZELUPP is required by Federal lay and should have been completed 20 years ago.) We are very fortunate that granting foundations are interested in funding the categories of Environmental Justice and Education.
Which brings us to the bad news; unfortunately they are not too interested in funding projects such as our marine turtle program!! At this point, it is obvious that we are going to have to make deep cuts in our expenses in order to pull through this coming season, which is not going to be easy, especially when we are running on a lean budget to begin with. So, up until the time that the grant writers find support for our marine turtle program, our energy must turn to raising donations locally and by once again mailing out solicitations.
Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
This photograph was taken by my daughter Wendy,
Water fowl resting in San Pancho's lagoon.
A direct resolute of the Groups influence on it's members.
Rocio's recycle dump Northeast of Puerto Vallarta.