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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update October 2007

Carrying the hatchlings down to the beach

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!

You just have to imagine, collecting nest after nest with thunder and pounding rain all around you! The efforts from the local and the Projects Abroad crew are harvesting really good results, as we are right now in the beginning of October and we have already collected more than 2,000 nests! Surpassing the whole of last year's results already! This is such a great achievement for all of us, as this is the first time since we started working in the State of Colima that we have obtained such a great result.

Corral full of nests

The work is hard and we know that no achievement comes free, some nights we barely sleep and the conditions for patrol are subject to the weather and to the beach conditions. But seeing the baby turtles released every afternoon makes you feel that all the effort was worth it, no matter how hard the work is, you always know that you are doing the right thing in the end.

The activities at the Crocodile farm have increased as well, our last year baby reptiles are soon to become dangerous and unable to handle. The applications to the Government for releasing the species are in and hopefully they will be soon out in the wild.

Hundreds of hatchlings

The younger offspring that hatched out this year are growing up fast, the temporary Government support program that currently is supporting the Crocodile farm is coming to its end but it is very likely that the new aqua terrariums that are being built to hold the many baby crocodiles will be ready before the middle of November. As soon as the construction work is over we will move on to the next stage of the program that involves the measurement and marking of the crocodiles that live wild in the lagoon.

Our Biodiversity study in the Lagoon is still bringing out good results and we are about to witness the arrival of several bird species that are on their transit route down south.

Volunteers on the beach

This lagoon in particular has a huge potential as a stationary point for migratory birds, as the levels of salinity in the lagoon are just ideal for the support of their feeding behaviors.

Another month just flew by and the end of the year is just around the corner, we can only expect great things to happen with our conservation projects, great things.and hopefully good weather.

Oliver Garcia
Conservation Director
October, 2007
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