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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update November 2007

Black turtle

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). As it was so close to the corral we decided to leave the nest "in situ" meaning that it is not to be touched at all, and will stay in the natural place that the turtle decided. It is important to mention that it is very rare to be able to see a Black turtle in our area, as like the Leather Backs, these turtles are also very rare and they tend to lay their eggs further south. It is also worth mentioning that unlike the Olive Ridley turtles, the Black turtles are more easily stressed and to have this one laying her eggs right in the middle of the camp was such a thing to see!

Young crocodiles

The high season for Olive Ridley turtles is almost over, you can notice by the decrease in the number of nests we get to collect every night, descending from numbers such as 40 or 60 a night, we now are collecting 5 or 10; the variations now tend to be dictated by the moon which affects the tides.

Nevertheless this season we have collected over 2200 nests! Surpassing all last year's results by far!

However the patrols carry on and it won't be long before we start spotting the gigantic Leather Backs!

The Leather Backs lay their eggs in periods of time very different from the Olive Ridleys, as they come out to lay their eggs only every two ot three years, meaning that some years you don't see as many as others, however this year should be a good one for us, as last year we collected about 40 nests, we can expect to collect this year as much a hundred!

This month our biodiversity study is bringing out great results, as lots of migratory birds decided to show up in our lagoon! We have added new species to our listings, birds such as the Harris Hawk, a species that is truly not common in the area.

We are making new interpretation trails to be able to understand out environmental surroundings, the trails are just five minutes walk away from camp, but the diversity in animal tracks and plants is amazing! We also have reptile traps that will allow us to identify live specimens for further release.

The work in the crocodile farm is still hard and since the government support is finished the work for us has now increased, the crocodile offspring that came out this year are very healthy and our volunteers are able to prove it every time we visit.

A very exciting end of the year is foreseen, it is good to be able to see our achievements, and is also good to know that at the end of it all we were able to give our best and something is alive out there to prove it.

Oliver Garcia
Conservation Director
November, 2007
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