As we start this brand new year and close out the last, we would like to take this time to count our blessings.
We are thankful for so many things, too many to list, but we will try!
We are thankful for our awesome group of volunteers, long-term and short-term, from near and far. We are thankful that our team has stayed safe and healthy this year.
We are thankful for our amazing supporters who have helped us weather the ‘2020 storm’. For those who visited, we are thankful to you for complying with our safety, distance, and occupancy restrictions. For those who supported us from home, our heartfelt thanks.
We are thankful for all of our nesting sea turtles, but we are especially thankful for our many nesting Leatherback mamas this year. It has been an absolutely incredible season so far! After not having any Leatherback nests last year, we are already at nest number 15! Our eastern pacific population of Leatherbacks is one of the most endangered populations on earth, so this is just so very exciting!
We are thankful to the International Sea Turtle Community for reaching out to us and providing us with a new way to tag these precious Leatherbacks.
We are thankful to Fundacion Ecológica Biomar and the director in Mexico, Monica Fadul for their help with funds for our corral, gas and despensa for local volunteers.
We are thankful that this season is turning out to be so much busier than last season. Part of this is that we have enough volunteers to run 2 patrols each night, but there are also more sea turtles nesting. To date this year we have 1,119 nest compared to 607 at this point in the season last year.
Most of all, we are thankful that, with your help, we get to continue this important and rewarding work for another year.
We are hopeful that we are making a difference.
We wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful new year, and want to express our sincere gratitude for your continuing support.
The Ayotlcalli team