Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 107 - Hammock Patrol

Date: 10/15/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: vela - candle

3:30 a.m. I wake up and get ready for Patrol. I walk north alone only to find 1 next coach and 1 turtle that layed 126 eggs. Once back at the house I go for a little run, shower, prep breakfast. Today I was making some banana pancakes and I prep everything by mixing all the liquids in the blender which I reserve to do once 80% of the house is awake. I end up making the first round of pancakes in turtle shapes with chocolate accents gracefully donated by Rachel and Molly.

Email. Updates to HT. Siesta. Lunch (leftovers).

Exhumations. We got through 2 nests and show Rachel and Molly process. We make sure go waste no time as it looks like a large storm I'd approaching.

In hopes to finally put an end to the dogs getting into the hatchery almost every night, I set up my synthetic hammock, with bug net and rain flight attachments for tonight's hatchery watch. I ended up securing a large piece of long, solid wood across two of the hatcheries post adjacent from each other. The neighbor John provided me with some nails and scrap pieces of wood to secure the hammock wooden beam in place. Lifted several feet off the ground our watch guard is ready to go.

Inside, I prepare my video camera (with night vision) and infrared flashlight in hopes to catch the predators of night trying to get in our safe house of eggs. Originally I thought my IR flashlight did not work, as I was at least expecting a little glow or something to be seen when turned on. However using common sense I had to turn on the camera in night vision mode, in a dark room to verify. Dinner (all the leftovers from the past week).

Updates to HT. 10pm I relieve Courtney from sitting in the hammock. This will be my first night of many in the hatchery over night. I bring a fully charged tablet, music speakers, nalgine of water, video camera, IR flash light and my journal. I set the hammock pretty high, as the mosquito netting acted as a dry storage compartment hanging underneath where I was laying. I also brought a long stock candle propped in a recycled Spotted Cow glass bottle, lit in the middle of the hatchery in hopes to see any intruder prowling around the outside of the fenced in hatchery. I stay awake until 2:30ish, without a dig insight, other than "momma" - the small sausage like dog that pretends to be a watch dog on various nights for the house. I rest my eyes for the next couple of hours. Sleep.

Lesson: Work smarter not harder. Now only to convince everyone else to follow suit.

Food: Turtle shaped chocolate chip pancakes

Something I am thankful for: Being prepared... for the most part.
Something I don't want to admit:  I started listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Upon looking for the next audio book to listen to I came across a little that had the word Oz in it. Slightly remembering that there was multiple books I look into how many there actually are. There is 18 of them! Needless to say I started to download the first couple of books...

Total Nest I have saved: 40
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:42
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 4610
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 955
Days of Rain: 67/103

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