Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update November 2009
At the beginning of November we received a very successful visit from one of our Overseas Recruitment staff, Laurens Vos, who runs our Projects Abroad office in Holland. His visit, though short, was very demonstrative of his crucial role in the recruitment of future volunteers. It was encouraging to be able to show another member of Projects Abroad how our camp works, the type of projects we offer and discuss our purpose for being here.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to take him out on night patrol on the south side of our beach, approximately 14 km. His visit coincided with a lunar effect which worked to our advantage as we were able to spot a number of adult turtles and also collect several nests.
I was able to show Laurens how to take shell measurements of the adults and through his involvement with the patrol he experienced our methods of collecting data. It was very encouraging for him to be able to experience the whole process of collecting the nests and reburying the eggs in our incubation areas.
During the next morning we were able to show Laurens our beautiful Chupadero Lagoon where we have our Lagoon Diversity Project. With the added wildlife expertise of Roberto, they were able to identify an impressive selection of bird species and various other types of wildlife.
We also managed to briefly visit our other project which takes place on the Crocodile Farm. Again it was useful to show him the different ways in which this project works and contributes to the overall sense of diversity within our Coastal Ecology Project at Tecoman.
Our camp activities are continuing to change due to the end of the year coming closer. Our patrols are still as constant as ever and we continue to achieve notable numbers of new hatchlings.
The regular monitoring and releasing of the new hatchlings is crucial as it allows us to maintain our important status as conservationists. We are now starting to look forward to the next new year which new goals to achieve and will continue to remind us of how important our role and presence is in contributing and maintaining such an important Conservation project.