San Pancho and Turtle News from Costa Verde Ecological Group
Frank D. Smith - Ecological Group of Costa Verde

November 4, 2016

Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Readers ~

Despite our nest collection being cut in half compared to the average over the last five years, we were able to record over 582 nests by the end of October. 529 were placed in the box nursery, 23 nests were left on the beach, and 30 nests were taken by poachers. By the end of October, about 24,650 hatchlings had been released for a survival rate of 87%.

October volunteers: Season Rackley, Hailey Rogala, Able, Jennifer, Eduardo and Rio Mendiola, Gerry and Rachel Arnold, Kent, Cherilyn and Keely Mitchell. All except Season have returned home. Gale Greer and Lorren Garliche arrive on November 4th, and Lane Maria Nasdal on the 13th. Local volunteers are Juan Sr. and Jr. and Librado Flores, Julio Gonzales and America Tejas, Patty and Jorge Morales.

Artificial lighting shining on the beach continues to be a very serious problem despite our efforts to inform the homeowners. If we leave the nests on the beach to hatch naturally, as we are planning to do very soon, about 50% of the hatchlings will turn inland away from the sea and in the direction of the light. Hundreds could be burnt alive in the morning heat.

One very simple and excellent way of saving the hatchlings while running off potential burglars is to install motion-sensor flood lights. It is a fact, when a motion-sensor flood light goes on, the burglar has no way of knowing if someone turned it on and is loading their shotgun… to the burglar the light had to be turned on by someone.  

Motion-sensor flood lights can be set to detect an object moving within 60 to 600 feet away and stay on for 15 seconds up to a quarter hour. They can support one to four 10 to 500-watt bulbs of any color.  To protect the hatchlings and the adult turtles, we recommend one 40 to 60-watt amber-colored light. Also, by using a low-watt amber light bulb and motion-sensor lights, you can save thousands of pesos over the year on your electric bill.  

Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 80°s to low 90°s, while at times the heat index climbed into the mid 110°s. Nighttime temps were in the low to mid to high 70°s. Total rainfall for September came to 0.53 inches, for the year, 57.8 inches. None of the nine tropical depressions, storms or hurricanes in October influenced our weather.

Generally, at the end of September or the beginning of October, we receive the last thunderstorm of the season. This storm can dump up to 2.5 inches of cold rain, dropping our temperatures and ending most thunderstorm activity. This is also the beginning of an onshore flow of clouds off the equator.  

This year, there was no last storm and very little rain in October. The temperature and humidity remain high - although the onshore flow of clouds off the equator has slowly begun.

Town and Country:  EntreAmigos has undergone a beautiful facelift with a new façade and playground. The old makeshift post office has been refurbished and will be opening soon.

Tierra Tropical & La Patrona Polo Club is inviting the public to enjoy the Grand Opening of their new indoor arena, restaurant and bar. On Saturday, November 12th at 6:30 pm. 1,500 pesos per person.      

Regular gasoline could be as low as 2.92 USD per gallon.  Regular gasoline jumped to 13.96 per litter. The peso itself has been fluctuating from 18.2 to 18.9 per dollar.

We’re getting geared up to publish the 2017 edition of our Homeowner’s Directory. If you would like your name to appear, please contact us at

November is a month for giving thanks. We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers and supporters for their contribution to our conservation efforts.

Frank D. Smith, Director
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
Project Tortuga
Tel. 311-258-4100

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