~ Newsletter No. 219, April, 2020 ~
Hola Volunteers and Supporters, it has been a busy month here at the Turtle project, here is a rundown of everything that has happened! ~
Turtle wise: Except for a few relocated nests there has been little to no other marine turtle activities. Federal law prohibits everyone from entering the beach 24/7 and that includes us. At this time we have no idea what is going to transpire in México over the next several month, or this coming summer. But never-the-less the buggy is about 60% repaired with only four major jobs remaining, the welding of the frame, instilling a muffler, body-an-fender work on the left back fender and of course painting. We are also planning to get all other equipment and facilities repaired and ready for this summer.
April’s Volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, and Joslin Carson, Julio Gonzales and America Rios Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 70° to low 80°, while night time temps were in the low to mid 60°. No April showers, the total rainfall for the year came to 8.10 inches. Humidity has been between the low 70% to the low 90% mostly at night.
Vigilantes or town volunteers have been filtering traffic at the bridge turning away everyone except town residents, and delivery vehicles. As expected numerous addle-brain tourist had been turned away trying to get to the beach despite the federal laws prohibiting such activities. The vigilantes and police are also patrolling the streets and beaches, reminding people to abide by all federal pandemic safety rules. People entering town must have their temperature taken, excellence idea. Their work is extremely necessary, and they have accomplished their task of protecting the public very well, although they are in need of food and beverage plus any other items you can donate to help them.
The Covir-19 has united and transformed the community as never before in recent history. People have donated food, water and other materials to the unemployed, homeless and needy, while the hospital has received donations of equipment, supplies and funding. I believe the hospital has fifteen ventilators and is prepared for the worst, but with luck San Pancho may avoid the virus all together.
Despite the hellish situation encompassing the Covir-19, we are in several ways very fortunate. We have passed through three weeks of lock-down quarantine without a single virus case popping-up. Plus only two other cases in the entire municipality of Bahia Banderas. The State of Nayarit also ranks fourth lowest in caseload of all States in México, with only a total of 59 cases, 21 which are active, 7 deaths and 2 recovered, perhaps mostly in Tepic.
To handle all new cases within the municipality of Bahia Banderas with government agencies are building a new hospital in Mezcales, it should be finished by the end of April. And last but not least, the federal law requiring a total lock-down throughout México has worked extremely well as we had expected. Most cases are in the larger cities.
These four websites that can give you an ideas of what the virus is up to:
For all countries
For the USA
Things that you can do to help your immune system:
* Avoid smoking and drinking Alcohol
* Avoid all stress, if possible, think positive.
* Eat healthy meals.
* Get more sleep then you normally need.
* Try to exercise, but be safe.
* Take vitamin C 1500mg, D and Zinc
* Own a pet to keep your mind off other problems.
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
The dune buggy on it's side for repairs