Ecovolontariat au Mexique: Rapport mensuel
Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update March 2008
As this year passes by, all our efforts focus on the maintenance of our equipment in order to be ready for the start of the high season for turtles. The patrols also remain constant as the presence must be kept in the area, even though the number of turtles coming out to lay eggs is low. It is still important to collect data from the low season which can help track the changes taking place over the years to the figures. Deterring the poachers is also still important and makes our presence essential.
As the low season with turtles is at hand, the activities at the crocodile farm have increased. As a result of the government investment in the project by the end of this last year, the requirements to maintain the wild population in the area have increased, meaning that all the data needs to be more accurate, and all the specimens that live in the main body of water must be counted and marked, meaning..plenty of work!
With only ropes and attitude the 3 meter specimens that live in the wild are captured by the experts and as we help immobilize them, we give them marks by cutting scales of their tails, as these scales do not grow back again. We are able to mark by this method as many as 999 specimens.
Also our offspring from last year are growing fast and healthy, it is important to have an accurate number of our captive and wild populations in order to obtain more resources and to apply for the release form this year, hopefully we will be releasing our 2006 offspring before the end of this year. In a couple of months we will start collecting the eggs from the already marked nesting areas.
The local crew is really happy with the labor that Projects Abroad volunteers are carrying out, the place is changing dramatically and it is important to maintain our presence in the area.
Our Biodiversity study is giving us some new results as well and as there is a Environmental Study due in the area, the office in charge of this has already asked if we could provide our 2007 results. This, our constant monitoring, and a Water quality study, will define in a near future if the Lagoon can be sustained as a National Protected Area.
There is still much to do, and we look forward to receiving more volunteers to help with the work here.