~ Newsletter No. 215, December, 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 215, December, 2019 ~ Grupo Ecológico ~
Turtle wise: By the end of the December the box nursery contains twelve nests. All of which should hatch within the first weeks of January. Total nests recorded this season came to 871, of which about 688 were placed within the box nursery producing over 58,867 hatchlings at a survival rate of 88.6%. On the beach 158 nests were relocated to better areas, producing 12,803 hatchlings at a survival rate of 82.0%. The poachers made off with a total of 25 nests, or .023% Estimated grand total released to the sea should be about 71,670.
The members, volunteers and especially the thousands of hatchlings that made it to the sea safely would like to thank the following contributors for their financing support of our program over the past month.
Except for the sale of T-shirts, 90% of our income now comes from Paypal donors.
Few people know the importance of carefully release hatchlings. One outstanding concern is the presence of any light either created naturally or by humans. For millions of year the faint light produced by the wave’s chemical and/or bioluminescence has led the hatchlings and adults safely back to the sea.
Hatchlings must be released after sundown, although a very faint glow on the horizon is okay, and moon light is also okay. If any inland artificial light is present hatchlings must be relocated to the darkest area possible. Also if the hatchling enters the ocean when it is too light, fish can easily see their silhouettes moving on the surface and can quickly eat them; it must be as dark as possible.
Volunteer-wise: Year round volunteers, Manuel Murrieta, and Joslin Carson, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge and Nicole Sanders.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the mid to high 70°s to mid 80°s, while night time temps were in the low 60°s to low 70°s. November rainfall came to .08 of an inch while rain for this year totaled 63.45 inches. On the morning of January 1st it began to rain and by 12 PM we had received 5.88 inches. Also that morning we were without water and electric power. Both utilities were working again by 1:30 PM.
The dune buggy received a small but important overhaul, including a new galvanized floor, new clutch, and oil seals installed in the front and back of the clutch and a new paint job. (see image below)
The reconstruction of the Grupo’s 28 year old constitution is long overdue, and the job was given to a notary public. It will have only three officers, and will be as brief as possible only to cover so as to those issues we are involved with at present.
Before returning to Canada Lisa’s had rebuilt our entire 17 year old website with a new one, She also replaced our seven year old computer with a new model that contains Windows 10, and gave me her new cell phone. I deeply miss her companionship and help and will forever be grateful for her help.
Town and Country wise: The lagoon was reopened to the sea during the heavy rain on January first, while the river for now is filled with a large amount of rain water. Our beach is clean, smooth and is building a steep bank from the north heading south. Tourism, despite the rain is at an all-time high turning the task of finding parking into a nightmare, and the beach in front of town into a dense entanglement of people.
Despite being as is cost effective as possible, and trying our best to raise funds, our treasury including all income received in 2019 dropped by about 42,000 pesos. Compared to 2017 there were two reasons for the drop. One was my decision to discontinue the directory and the other was to stop our public releasing of hatchlings. As long as we’re able to raise some funds from donors we will be fine.
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.