~ Newsletter No. 211, August, 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! ~
Coyote is deceased; around 4 AM I drove two volunteers to their homes, and without noticing Coyote had jumped into the back seat. When I returned home he was nowhere to be found, I thought he may have gone into one of the three other apartments. The next morning I tried to find him again when I suddenly realized that there could be a possibility that he jumped into my car last night. I ran out to the car and found him dead on the back seat floor. We will all miss him deeply and will never forget the happiness and joy he brought to all of our lives. He was a one in a million dog.
Turtle wise: by the end of August the total recorded nest comes to 363. Nests placed in the box nursery came to 304. Nests left on the beach in better locations came to 48 and 10 nests were taken by the poachers. The first hatchling arrived on August 31st . Come on over and take a look and pickup a T-shirt while visiting.
Volunteer-wise: Year round, Manuel Murrieta, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge. Seasonal volunteers for the month of August were Kristylee Marr, Mitchell Williamson, Alejandra Lugo Jimenez and Daniel Simon. (See image below.) For September it will be Zac Wilson, Jessica and Mark and Hiller, and Dionne Butler
The United State’s under the ruth-less heal of the want-to-be-dictator is trying to Weaken what little protection the Marine Turtle, Bald Eagles, Bighorn sheep, jaguar, etc. etc. have.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the mid to high 80°s to low 90°s while night time temps were in the high 70°s. August rainfall came to 12.55 inches while rain for this year totaled 23.47 inches.
Over the past two years we’ve received very little rainfall or few high waves from any tropical disturbance or hurricanes. This could be good or bad news depending how you look at it. The question is why are all the tropical disturbances passing off our coast by a distance of 500 to 2,400 miles, and generally following the same path in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands.
We are looking for donations. Unfortunately without the homeowners directory and not being able to release hatchling in front of town because of the out of control onlookers and dogs we are now left with little other means except the sale of T-shirt and donations via PayPal.
Town and Country: The river is nearly dry except for brief periods after heavy rains The surface of the lagoon was the largest that it has been in recorded history. It’s total surface was covered with a healthy bumper crop of beautiful Water Hyacinth fed by the rich waste water. When the lagoon punched a hole through the beach the entire crop was swept out to sea and back onto our shores .
Despite the heat the area in front of town at night looks like a combination of a rundown shanty town and a bad day at the dump. Beside the numerous holes we have to maneuver around, we also have fight off a half-a-dozen barking dogs. The peso at the end of the month is about 19.55, regular gasoline is 20.3 pesos.