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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update September 2008

Turtle returns to the sea at sunset

Constant rain and strong winds are the main characteristics that tell us that the Sea Turtle high season is reaching its peak.

We have now reached 1,500 nests collected, surpassing by far the number of nests that we collected this time last year. A very impressive achievement considering that at this point last year we only had collected 1,080 nests.

Volunteer on windy beach

It should be mentioned that this number does not actually reflect the number of turtles that come to our beach to lay their eggs, but our ability to collect them, this ability is ruled by the resources we are given. The addition of a new quad bike has had a dramatic effect on the capability we have to patrol the 24 km of beach that were given to us to protect, hence we are able to collect the turtle eggs more efficiently, beating the poachers and their natural predators such as raccoons and other small mammals.

Turtle nesting at the edge of the beach

The work is constant and sometimes it seems never ending, the south winds and rain that start hitting the area sometimes early in the afternoon generate what we call a "South effect". These two factors together generate the best conditions that are necessary for the turtles to come out of the sea to lay their eggs. When these winds come, sometimes starting to blow at around 2 pm this means that all our equipment should be ready by 4 pm, to start patrol!

Working at the mangroves

It is important to mention that when these conditions occur the turtles will come out in plain daylight! As the wind and the rain increase, more and more turtles will come out, meaning constant patrols that can carry on during the afternoon and night, you just stop to eat something quick in order to have strength to carry on, filling the quad bike with around 40 to 50 nests!!!!

Projects Abroad volunteers have also recently joined some extra programs arranged by the Government in the area, from beach cleaning to mangrove reforestation our volunteers have proven to be a very efficient working machine. With the addition of Projects Abroad volunteers to the programs, the goals are being reached faster than expected, this gives the volunteers a very interesting opportunity to work hand in hand with the locals, making our work way more diverse!

Juvenile crocodiles

The work at the Crocodile Farm is giving a huge amount of satisfaction, as the Government program that is currently supporting the infrastructure is changing the place dramatically; the tanks for the new baby crocodiles are ready! Our volunteers have a chance to see them being born!

There are still a lot of things to do, but it is very gratifying to see that all the efforts in all our activities are paying off big time!

Oliver Garcia
Conservation Director
September 2008
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