Ecovolontariat au Mexique: Rapport mensuel
Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update October 2011
As we are now reaching now the last quarter of 2011 I can't believe how fast the time has flown by this year. We are proud to announce that we are still on target with our goals regarding the turtle conservation, and it looks like we may even surpass the achievements of last year, with over 1825 nests being buried in the corral (incubation area) so far.
At the moment the daily release of thousands of hatchings is the norm, and it is definitely a favourite activity amongst the volunteers. Some days we release over eight thousand hatchlings in one go, creating quite a spectacle on the beach!
Joining arms with the local communities, our volunteers have become part of a regular beach clean-up project, allowing them to work alongside the local people who live in the surrounding area. They collect all the plastic waste that gets left or washed up on the beach, and the waste is later brought to camp and sorted for recycling.
This activity may not be one of the most glamorous jobs, but nevertheless it is of crucial importance for the conservation of the ecosystem. Clearing all the non-biodegradable materials ensures a cleaner and safer environment for the species that inhabit the area.
As part of the activities that we conduct in the crocodile farm, every 1 or 2 months we make a census of the crocodiles that live in the lagoon El Alcuzahue. Armed only with our paddles and a couple of flashlights, we enter the lagoon in order to count the eyes of the crocodiles that glow once you put the light on them. It is not unusual that the crocs give a gentle knock to the bottom of the boat in order to warn you that you are trespassing into their territories!