Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Day 73 - One Is The Loneliest Number

Date: 9/11/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Uno - One
Turtle Fact: Hurricanes can severely impact sea turtle nesting success. Almost 90% of sea turtle nesting in the continental U.S. occurs on Florida's beaches. Scientists estimate that more than half of the sea turtle nests on the coast of Florida were washed away by the four hurricanes hitting the coast in 2004.

3:30am wake up for patrol. 4:10am I start patrolling solo on foot. I head to the North where I found 2 poached nests. It was so kind of the poacher to leave only 1 egg in the nest he poached (as I check every nest, just incase someone covered it up to come back to it later). Thumbs up to you...NOT. FML. Not a great way to start the morning. But the good news its, we are getting turtles back on the beach.

I get back to the house and work on HT.com for a couple hours. The rest slowly wake up and we end up having toast with bananas and peanut butter for breakfast. This morning we are meeting with Ingrid. Once she arrives we discuss a new project we will be helping out with: a play. This performance (to last about 10 minutes) is planned to be performed to all the 7 schools in the area and will themed with environmentally issues and solutions. The object of this event is to show community involvement and is to be the first of many events that Pretoma will be inducing in order to become a more bold and prominent figure in the community and education system.

Lunch (leftovers). I walk a couple sectors in either directions and collect both mangrove seedlings and trash. After collecting both, I toss the rubbish in the actual trash and plant the mangroves in my new garden, which I end up expanding each day.

As an afternoon project I decide to make drying rack for our turtle eggs bags that we use most nights. After patrol we usually place the bags which contained the turtle eggs we collected that night/morning in a pile to be washed the following day. Well after they are washed they are immediately hung to dry. Thus the necessity to build a drying rack near where we wash the bags. I end up taking a large piece of bamboo and digging it into the ground. Next I tie a couple horizontal pieces of thin bamboo across the bass. Viola. I most likely will have to revisit this object as I do not find it sturdy enough, but I shall save that for another day.

As I can sometimes be a little contagious, Courtney had found a couple epiphyte plants and wanted to grow them. I simply take another piece of large bamboo, dig it into the ground. Then using my knife, I cut the thin wall of bamboo, fill that section with dirt and place the baby epiphyte in there. We shall see if it survives...

Run. Shower. Dinner. Tonight Matt makes spaghetti and home made bread.

Patrol. 9:30pm I walk the beach solo to the south. On my way heading back north I spot a turtle just about to come out of the water, as it so seems. I sit and wait. The turtle does not move. I walk back over and shining my light, on it from a distance I see that this is a GREEN sea turtle. To our knowledge this is the first one of the year as the nesting season is upon us. I head back to the beach and wait a little longer. Knowing that something is awry, I walk back over and thoroughly inspect the turtle. As I walk to the backside, I see the turtle actually attempting to dig a whole, right at the end of the tide. This was not going to work out for her as the tide kept filling in the whole much faster than the turtle digging it. Giving up the turtle then starts heading back to ocean. I ran back to my bag to get the measurements and was able to chase down the turtle in calf-deep water to get a reading. Very exciting.

Sleep.
Lesson: 
  • One turtle egg alone does us no good.
  • Some people can find humor in anything

Food: Spaghetti - sauce made with butter and milk and spices,

Animals:Green Sea Turtles, Crabs, Dogs, Birds

Something I am thankful for: Alarm Clocks. Other than rosters, or actually sun hitting your face, there only so many methods for waking up in the morning at a certain time. Thanks technology.

Something I don't want to admit: I used to be in musicals/plays in High School. As the lead role in such musicals as Grease and Oliver!, I was privy to how things worked. Luckily/unfortunately in this case I do not know enough Spanish. Perhaps I can be a mangrove prop swaying in the wind... 

Total Nest I have saved: 26
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:21
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,127
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 46/69

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