Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 141 - Night Babes

photo from Michelina M
Date: 11/18/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Té - Tea
Turtle Fact: Sea Turtles bury themselves underwater in sand or mud and remain dormant from November though March.

6am wake up in hatchery. Walk beach, collect garbage and sort into colored plastic piles for mural. Breakfast (Cinnamon rolls). Find, open and scrap out coconuts. Make coconut ice cream. Teach Michelina how to make Hibiscus tea.

Clean up backyard. Lunch (pasta). Arts and crafts.

During my random hatchery checks throughout the day, I notice a bunch of tiny tracks all over the hatchery. After first glance I do not find anything... I call in the Calvary for help and were able to find the escapees.

Run. Swim. Shower. Cook. Dinner (Softshell tacos w/ salad). Siesta. HT updates. Hatchery. Hammock.

Babies. Around 2:30am I lean over to check the hatchery and to my surprise I see a nest full of babies (19). I go inside the house to wake the volunteers as I know they wanted to be a part of the baby release. With the moon being very bright for only having a quarter of it showing, it lit up the beach. After an 30 mins of watching these babies walk their way to the water we return back to the house for a midnight snack (cookie). When I return back the hatchery (3:30am) I notice ANOTHER nest full of babies (17). I repeat the process and gather the volunteers for another road of night releases. You would think that waking up in the middle of the night to deal with babies would be cumbersome, when all you want is sleep. Well for you parents of homosapiens children, I am sure you know the feeling 10 fold. However it is very rewarding too!


Lesson: Everything you are trained for prepares you for the future

Food: Cinnamon rolls - Ever since Kayla saw a picture of this on Pintrest several months ago, we have been craving them. Well after enough complaining, Courtney made some!
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Spiders, Flies, Ants, Crabs, Mosquitoes, Baby turtles.

Something I am thankful for: Enjoying the scenery. Sometime you forget where you are and where you could be.
Something I don't want to admit: I have purposely been teaching the volunteers how to make the ice cream and teas, so they can start making them on their own so I can reeking the benefits!

Total Nest I have saved: 47
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:45
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released:1,049
Days of Rain: 87/137 - No Rain

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