Ecovolontariat au Mexique: Rapport mensuel
Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update December 2010 - January 2011
To get more elaborate and detailed results of the data we collect in the lagoon, in February, we will have a visit from the Biologist and Bird Specialist Pablo Lobera. Pablo will be helping us learn more about new data bases as well as new sighting and catching/release techniques. We will then be able to obtain more accurate data to submit to the state delegation in Colima, with the aim of making the Chupadero Lagoon a newly declared bird sanctuary site.
In the mean time we have kept our biodiversity study outings constant and we have managed to explore more distant areas in order to see more rare species. The paddling is sometimes tiring, but still our volunteers enjoy the exercise, accompanied by the marvelous sightseeing and the tranquility the lagoon offers every time we enter it.
Our activities at the Crocodile Farm are continuing. We are making arrangements to start building new pools to contain the offspring of crocodiles from the Acutus species. In due course these crocodiles will be reintroduced to the local lagoons in the area. The logistics involved in this project will be quite a challenge and the work of the vet in charge, Jesus Perez will be crucial. This project is of particular importance to him as it will be submitted to the State Delegation of Natural Resources in order to have an official yearly project of collection and release of the Acutus species in the area.
As we are entering the low season now comes the time when we can dedicate a little time to the maintenance of our equipment, however, this does not mean we stop patrolling at all! We maintain constant watch over our beaches, and morning monitoring happens every day as well as one ride along the beach at some point during the night. The timings are based upon the lunar cycles, as Olive Ridley Turtles are ruled by this phenomena. Our volunteers have the valuable chance to keep an eye on the hatching of the turtles, giving them the chance to see the baby leatherbacks coming out of their nests!
This New Year promises many new and exciting challenges, we are really glad to have a chance to meet them.