~ Newsletter No. 213, October, 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! ~
First I would like to apologize for my e-mail silence since October 9th. When I failed to take note of our internet hosting message that major changes were being made, and was also told to make changes to my computer as well, but failed too. On November 2nd, both our email and website were back on the internet with the help Nicole Sanders father Steve Raschke. Lisa Fisher and her mother Johanne are moving back to Canada. As a parting gift Lisa gave the Group a new computer, her cell phone and created a new Group website which will soon replace the old one.
Coyote’s resting place on the beach at the north side of Las Olas has not gone without fresh flowers since the day he was placed there. If you remember him bring him flowers.
Turtle wise: despite being late in the season we are collecting an unusually large number of nests. The total to date placed within the box nursery comes to 592 the total left on the beach came to 121, and poachers 17. Grand total recorded nests to date is 804, hatching survival rate 88.4%, total hatchlings will be released this season comes to 66,855.
Volunteer-wise: Year round volunteers, Manuel Murrieta, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum, Hallie Loveridge, Lisa Fisher, Joslin Carson, and Nicole Sanders. Seasonal volunteers for the months of September/October where: Zac Wilson, Jessica Hiller, Joanna Jaeckel, and Taylor Kimball (See image)
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the mid to high 70°s to high 80°s, while night time temps were in the high 70°s. October rainfall came to 20.11 inches while rain for this year totaled 62.53 inches.
October weather was anything but normal, generally we would receive about 2.5 inches of rain, but instead we received over 20 inches, 16.5 inches in ten days. The annual monsoons and lightning came to a welcomed end around October 26th, while waves from a small tropical storm were once again at the condominium’s walls, and well into Los Palmas and La Perla restaurants
On the 20th the beach was covered with tons of floating plant matter and debris including whole trees and large logs. Heavy rains around San Pancho has caused several rivers to flood carrying the debris to our beaches. It’s been many years since I’ve seen floating debris like this. The municipality is cleaning it up and doing a good job of it.