Turtle nests and this year iguanas too

n the spring of 1992 the founding members of the Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C. (the Group) organized and built the first marine nursery in San Francisco, Nayarit. By June of that year protection of Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtle eggs had begun.

This was taken from the June newsletter:

On June 19th our first ever Iguana eggs hatched, and what an experience! Unlike the marine turtle hatchling that lies motionless for hours, these Iguana hatchlings leap from the egg like grease lightning and have little trouble out running the best of us. It look as if a good number survived, although fourteen others escaped, having no problem in lifting off the box lid up and making a run for it. Not to worry volunteers cats were on the job, and most of the escaped Iguanas have been brought into my house and placed at my feet unharmed.

iguana hatching

iguana hatching

Some stats re the turtle nests:
Last seasons nest records, the final count came to 1,433 nests recorded, producing 105,317 hatchlings, at 80.6%. 901 nests were placed within the box nursery produced 73,903 hatchlings, at 86.1%. 484 nests on the beach produced 31,414 hatchlings, at 70%. The poachers ran off with 48 nests at .03%.

Great job all!

Olive Ridley nesting

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