Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 131 - Silicon Beach

Date: 11/8/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: pegamento - glue
Turtle Fact: The Leatherback Turtle is the largest of all species that live in the water.

Wake up 7am in hatchery. Move to house and continue to sleep in my bed until 11am. Once I get up I discover there was pancake batter made and ready for me to make my pancakes - perfect. I add a little banana to the mixture and cook away. After breakfast and cleaning up the remainder if the dishes, I head outside and cleanup bathe back yard. Swim.

Lunch (leftovers). Pick up garbage on beach with Lars. Make a quick mosaic with pieces of larger plastic. This time I use a silicon based glue...

Essentially why I have been making mosaics is to test out materials, adhesives and methods of the best way to create a mosaic. You see, Pretoma is sponsoring an Eco-Fest (Ecological based festival) for the town of Coyote sometime in early December. Our project site (Costa de Oro) will be hosting a table in which the kids if Coyote will help us put together a mural of small plastic pieces to create a beautiful picture. Leading up to the event, we will have plastic pickup days where local kids will scour the beach looking for plastic of all different shapes, sizes and color and then sort them by color. So at the day if the event, there will be a "paint-by-number" themed craft occurring. So not only will we be showing the kids the importance of keep THEIR beach clean, but we will also be educating them on the effects that this plastic has on the wildlife in the area as well as showing them what they can do in regards to recycling garbage!. Its going to be so cool.

Run. Swim. Shower. Cook. Eat (roasted chicken, with Cauliflower, corn and lemon rice. Update Hatchery. Netflix.

Lesson: Don't let things go to waste. If you have the resources use them.... unless your saving them for something else down the road.

Food: Roasted Chicken - taken from the pages of Joseph's Catering, I recreated a family recipe (Costa rican style with minimal supplies) and as most often, it turned out great.
Animals: Dogs, Birds, spiders, flies, ants, crabs

Something I am thankful for: R & D -  Making the process easier and more efficient so others can replicate minimal difficulty.
Something I don't want to admit: I am almost a month out of finishing up my volunteering venture in Costa Rica, HelpingTurtles.

Hatchery Patrol
Total Nest I have saved: 47
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:45
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 960
Days of Rain: 83/127

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