Conservation and Environment in Mexico: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2007
We finished our Olive Ridley season with impressive numbers, (2,192 nests collected). A good effort and many sleepless nights brought up great results, as these numbers do not reflect the amount of turtles that came out to lay their eggs on our beach, but our capacity to collect them. It has been a great effort from our staff and our volunteers, and has placed us among the most prolific beaches regarding Olive Ridley conservation in Mexico.
As if she was trying to save us from the effort of patrolling the beach, a Black Turtle came out to lay her eggs right outside our incubation area! With more than a meter in length this gracious creature laid over 70 eggs and we had the chance to view the whole process since the nest was not more than a meter away from the corral (incubation area).
The turtle season is reaching its peak at the moment, we have had some really rough nights with 50 or 60 nests daily, apparently the storm season is really helping out the turtles to come out and lay their nests, in any case, this means a lot more work for us!
We have had a lot of recent turtle activity here as a result of the high season, including the nightly escapades of hatchlings to the building instead of the sea. In one night 100 nests were collected. These nests are set to hatch by the end of this month or the beginning of the next, so we will have our hands full with baby turtles!
The peak of the high season is here and the volunteers are having great fun experiencing it! Throughout the month the number of nests collected per night has been increasing and on average we are finding 20 nests a night. Recently, however, we have had the perfect weather for turtles, which is strong southerly winds, and have collected a record for this season of 96 nests in one night.
July has been our busiest month so far this year with 21 volunteers helping our conservation efforts. As a result of their keen efforts we have discovered new species of birds for our species list at the lagoon including a wood stork Mycteria americana and a white throated swift (Aeronautes saxatalis).
With good results in the past two seasons, the Projects Abroad team along with CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas) are uniting our efforts to together raise significantly the results expected for this season. From 1,947 re-buried nests last year we hope this year to reach 2,500 nests!
We have recently had the joyous occasion to release the Leather Back turtle hatchlings as a successful result from the nests last month. These hatchlings were treated with great fascination by the volunteers as they are much larger and stronger than the Olive Ridleys that are also hatching daily.
The end of the Leather Back Turtle season gives us the opportunity to wait eagerly to see their offspring hatch out in our corral. This year we found 24 Leather Back Turtle nests, which surpassed our expectations, as this species has a two year cycle lay period and last year we were amazed to collect 63 nests!
New Crocodile Project forms part of Tecoman Conservation Work. Whilst all the new activities are running well this year in our conservation program, we are particularly excited about the successful start of our Crocodile Project at the Crocodile Farm "La Colorada".
Mexico Tecoman turtle camp: Our Conservation Project begins the New Year with many exciting challenges for our volunteers to face. With the arrival of the very rare Leather Back Turtles and new interesting programs that will expand our activities to a larger area, we can only expect more exciting times to come in the near future.