~ Newsletter No. 207, April, 2019 ~
Hola Volunteers and Supporters, it has been a busy month here at the Turtle project, here is a rundown of everything that has happened! ~
Hola Volunteers and Supporters ~ Newsletter 207 April, 2019 ~ Grupo Ecológico ~
Night time temperatures from December through April had been unusually cold. As a result, beach temperatures at the depth of a marine turtle nest have also been much colder than normal. The Drop in nest temps to 26°c and lower will destroy most of these nests. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do, only hope that the turtles will nest in the heat of the summer as nature intended.
The box nursery was long overdue for major repairs several year ago, and can not be put off for another season. The problem is some termite damage and the need to replace the failing black plastic cover. Work started in mid-April, and perhaps continue until the end of May. (see images below)
As you can see by the chart below, we are still desperately in need of several good volunteers. Especially for the months of May through July. The yellow, green and brown colored areas in the chart indicate the dates that we need help.
Volunteer-wise: Year round, Manuel Murrieta, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge. Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer and Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs had all returned home by the end of April.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 70°s to low 80°s, while night time temps were in the 60°s. Throughout April, the weather was very pleasant but still cold during the nights.
With a slight limp, Coyote is back to near normal. We’ll keep him on a leash until we are totally sure that he is street-wise. A special thanks to Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, our volunteers and Coyote’s veterinarians, and Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer, Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs, and Lisa Fisher for their tireless care of him over the past three months.
The April 1st benefit dinner was a grand event for us and, hopefully, for everyone who attended. Again, we would like to thank Joe Hadlock, Sharon Keating, Lorren Garlichs, Gale Greer, Karen Sorum, Hallie Loveridge, Robert and Sandra Klusmeyer, and Lisa Fisher and the band for the wonderful help.
Town and Country: The street in front of my house has been filled with construction dump trucks, cement and cement pumping trucks, trucks carrying bags of cement, blocks, rebar, etc and endless vehicles carrying workers. The last time it was like this was in 2007. The peso has dropped to about 18.5, regular gasoline is about $4.18 per gallon. Semana Santa has come and gone and I can come out of hiding.
Back to square one, several years ago, we removed the sidewalk planters because they took up valuable parking space, a fair assumption. Then we allowed the space to be filled with hundred restaurant tables, chairs and dozens of stands selling tourist goods, not a good replacement.
Then they tried to turn this area into a beautiful Riviera by removing about thirty large billboards along the Jungle highway. Since the right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing, they then allowed the billboards to be replaced with over three dozens junky tourist stands and hundreds of ugly small signs, which turned our once scenic route into an unsightly highway.