VIVERO DE INCUBACIÓN: At the northern end of the malecón on the beach next to a busy open-air restaurant and the adjacent, good fish market, is an “incubation nursery.” Inside this oversize cage-like, locked “corral” are a few thousand Olive Ridley (“Tortuga Golfina”) turtle eggs. The original sandy nests on beaches north and south of this location were reported to 911, attention “green patrol” (“patrulla verde”). Nests are dug up by authorized personnel as soon as possible after the female crawls slowly back into the bay. The removal of eggs is to protect nests from humans and dogs. Eggs in each nest are carefully counted and transported to the nursery for reburying.
Above each nest is a white marker noting when eggs were laid, how many, and estimated date of hatching. Average number of eggs per nest – 100. Incubation period is approximately 6 weeks, at which time hatchlings will be released at dusk, reducing chances of being eaten by seabirds. Fish learn to anticipate, so release location changes whenever possible. If you check birth days on the markers at the nursery, you might consider a visit on that date.
Turtle gender is determined after fertilization and dependent on temperature of incubation. If turtle eggs incubate below 81.86, the hatchlings will be male. If above 87.8, hatchlings will be female. If temperatures fluctuate between those two temperatures, it should produce an almost even mix of sexes. Ninety percent of hatchlings will not survive predators. Only 1% of the sea turtles will reach sexual maturity. Owing to the wonder of earth´s magnetic field, females will return to the place where they were hatched. Males will never touch land again.
The Olive Ridley sea turtle is at risk for extinction. Enemies are sharks, pollution, global warming, and humans. On our regular panga outings, we have seen several dead Olive Ridleys with deep gashes in their shells, all caused by boats.
RAIN! After a mostly rain-free June, always the beginning of the rainy season, Vallarta has enjoyed five or six torrential rains in July,
|AL FIN – LLUVIA EN JULIO|
|“VERDE, QUE TE QUIERO VERDE” – PLAYA GRANDE – ESTRIBUACIÓNES DE LAS SIERRA MADRES|
|TEES FOR WOMEN|
Hot out of the oven!
48 T-shirts – to be test marketed. Vet team, board of directors and key clinic volunteers will be given one. Remaining t-shirts will be sold @ 200 pesos each. These are 100% high-quality cotton for women and men M to XXL(sizes run small), crew or V-necks. Logo on front left, and on back and under logo – “Free Spay/Neuter,” and underneath – “Esterilizaciones Gratuitas.” Interested in purchasing? Contact me.
|ANA Y MISAEL – DUEÑOS DE PLAYERAS Y SERIGRAFÍA – OWNERS|
|LESLIE PREPARANDO PERRITA PARA CIRUGÍA|
|LOCAL UN POCO ESCONDIDA EN COLONIA LA FLORESTA – FOTO: Angela Kelleher|
After registering the first arrivals Wednesday morning, two volunteers and I drove around looking for cats and dogs, with some success. When we asked a young teen-age girl standing in the doorway of her home if she had a cat of a dog she would like to have sterilized for free, she replied that she didn´t own a cat or a dog, but she did have a duck.
|CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA – foto: Angela Kelleher|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA LA FLORESTA, PUERTO VALLARTA – JULY 17-20
|DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – LA FLORESTA – foto: Angela Kelleher|
(PERROS) MALE DOGS: 18; (PERRAS) FEMALE DOGS: 28; (GATOS) MALE CATS: 31; (GATAS) FEMALE CATS:28
PLUS PREGNANCY TERMINATED FOR: 1 large black Lab mix with 10 fetuses
|REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS – CLÍNICA EN COLONIA LA FLORESTA, PUERTO VALLARTA|
THIS CLINIC IS THE SECOND ONE UNDERWRITTEN BY THE GENEROUS DONATION OF $10,000 FROM AN ANONYMOUS FAMILY FOUNDATION. THE GIFT WILL UNDERWRITE 5.56 CLINICS.
|DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – foto: Angela Kelleher|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA LA FLORESTA – 1,720 PESOS –
|YOUNG BOY WHO BROUGHT HIS DOG WAS GIVEN ONE OF THE DONATED PEACEANIMALS T-SHIRTS.
LA FLORESTA – JOVEN QUIEN TRAJO SU PERRO RECIBIÓ UNA PLAYERA.
Tomatlán means “place of tomatoes” or “place near tomatoes.” Cabo Corrientes is a municipality in the northern part of the state of Jalisco. This is our fourth visit to this location and because of the
|TOMATLÁN, CABO CORRIENTES – fotos: Leslie Caratachea|
three hour driving time one-way, I didn´t attend. Leslie, our vet tech, describes Tomatlán as “very hot, poor and not very pretty.” The clinic has always taken place in a large recreation center. As always, the community
provides volunteers and meals.
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN TOMATLÁN, CABO CORRIENTES –
FEMALE DOGS – 77; MALE DOGS – 10; FEMALE CATS – 35; MALE CATS -18
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 10 fetuses and 1 cat with 5 fetuses.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC -TOMATLÁN, CABO CORRIENTES: 1,110 pesos
This clinic was the third underwritten by the generous donation of $10,000 USD by an anonymous family foundation. This will pay for 5.56 clinics.
|NUESTRAS ÚLTIMAS PLAYERAS REGALADAS A NIÑOS QUE TRAYERON SUS MASCOTAS – TOMATLÁN LAST OF TSHIRTS DONATED BY AN ANONYMOUS BOARD MEMBER – GIVEN TO CHILDREN WHO BROUGHT IN THEIR PETS.|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: On hold until schools back in session.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Mike Smith – $1,000 USD
Cuale Clinics: An assortment of used stethoscopes, name tags, towels and sheets
David Puckett – $56 USD via PayPal – to pay four days of lunches for vet team at el Porvenir, Nayarit – July 31-August 3 (70 pesos per person per day).