August Activities

Greetings from Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli!

We have just wrapped up our first full month of the season, and it has been quite an adventure!

In the month of August, we rescued 204 nests containing 19,238 eggs. These were all relocated to our hatchery and will be released to the sea when they hatch after about 45 days of incubation!

We lost 27 nests and 4 nesting turtles to human poachers.  A story follows about one we almost lost, but with the help of our caring neighbors and our wonderful volunteers, made it back to the sea safely!

It was a ‘good’ month as far as dogs are concerned, we lost just 3 nests and 0 nesting turtles to our canine poachers.

It was an even better month for tagging turtles. Our team of volunteers tagged 30 nesting females, which is more than ever! This is surely due to the fact that we are patrolling twice every night so are spending more time monitoring the beach.

And, only one of our July nests hatched so far. It had a 91% hatch rate, which we are extremely happy about!  The firsts nests of the season often don’t do this well, so this is very good news.  Smiles all around.

So those are the numbers for the month. But don’t go yet, we have more to share!

We always have non-turtle encounters to report, and here is one of our favorites.  They are so cute when they’re babies…but we steer clear of mama and papa.

We also have some great stories this month about our neighbors and friends in the community!

A neighbor notified us that during the bad storms, a turtle was high on his property and needed help back to the sea. She was confused and tired, so he was happy to help her.  He also noticed that she was tagged and took note of her tag #. She was a female we tagged last year! How cool is that?

Another night, we had several nests and 2 turtles poached, or stolen, from the beach. This is upsetting to us, especially the poached turtle, since only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood. To beat such great odds, only to be snatched off the beach when nesting… It makes us sad, and angry too.

But one of these girls had luck on her side!  In the morning, we received a call that someone was reporting a sea turtle in the brush by the road. It was, indeed one our girls! She was still tied up in the rope they used to drag her from the beach.  She was weak, but once the waves hit her, she swam off.  Just near her was a bucket with 2 nests of poached eggs, which are safe now in our hatchery!

Here she is going home.  A happy ending…YAY!

We had some heavy rains and storms this month, which caused the lagoons to open up. When this happens tons (literally) of organic matter and trash (much of it plastic bottles) is washed into the sea and onto the beach. Many in our beach community heeded the call for help! They came and picked up trash, sent workers to help. We even had some help from a backhoe! So much recyclable plastic was collected that the municipal truck has been out twice and there is still more.

It is often said that it takes a village, and it truly does. We have such great friends and neighbors in our ‘village’ helping us help the sea turtles.

Even if you are far away, you can still help us out! Won’t you consider helping our efforts with a donation, perhaps?

Or, you could start your Christmas shopping early by adopting a nest! It is simple, it is safe, and you don’t even need to leave home to do it.

As always, thank you so very much for reading and for your support! Stay safe, stay healthy and most importantly…Stay Happy!!


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Looking for something fun to do???

Of course, you are!  And we are here to help!

 

Many of you have seen some of these magnificent musicians perform live, back in the Normal World days, so you know what I mean when I say this is a Do Not Miss event!

We have a special treat for you, our supporters on August 29 at 7 pm CST. A LIVE concert via Facebook Private Group.

The concert (loosely translated to English from Spanish) is called

A SONG FROM THE HEART….TO THE SHELL

These musicians, our friends from Toluca, have so many times sung to us from their hearts! And, wow, have we enjoyed it.

We are extremely excited to have this honor, and even more excited to be able to share it with you!

Won’t you please join us in welcoming these talented artists to our ‘screens’. The performers are once again generously donating their time to our cause so all proceeds will go directly to supporting the efforts of Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli.

Tickets can be purchased here. There is not a set ticket price, we are just asking for a donation, however small (or big).

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It’s a New Season!

Well, it certainly has been a while since our last blog.  What a long strange trip it’s been!

And still is…

But our Mama tortugas don’t know anything about what is going on here on solid land.  They have been swimming, feeding, and mating in preparation for the nesting season here on our beautiful beach.

Nature doesn’t wait, and we expect that the poachers won’t either!  We also have many more stray dogs on the beach now, so are concerned about both the nesting turtles and the nests.  It is time to start!

To that end, we are extremely excited about the start of our nightly patrols last night!  Our volunteer team found 3 nests, all species Olive Ridley (Golfina).  They rescued a total of 276 eggs, which were relocated safely into our corral.  And the most exciting news, especially for new volunteers Estafania & Daniela, was that they also encountered a nesting mama at the last nest found!

These patrols will continue till the ladies stop nesting some time next spring. March, April, or possibly even May.  If you have been on our beach in the middle of the night, then you understand why we are so excited getting started.  If you haven’t been, try it out!

LOTS of work has gone into preparing for this, maintenance on the ATV’s and rebuilding the hatchery corral are the two biggest items.  There are also lots of maybe less exciting stuff like paperwork and meetings.

Here are some pictures of our volunteers building the first corral for this season.

 

 

As you may know, like everyone else, our season ended quite abruptly last spring just before one of our busiest times, which is Semana Santa (Easter week). And like everyone else, there was lost income and belt tightening to go along with that.

Normally, we have international volunteers that come for weeks or months during the nesting season to help us out. Some stay in our volunteer cabin, while some are ex-pats that stay on their own in the area. This year, we are starting out with local and full-time resident ex-pat volunteers. Only time will tell when/if we will be able to safely accept other volunteers.

In addition to the shortage of volunteers, we are trying to figure out public releases (to have, or not have…if we have them, how to do so safely). We have time since it will be almost 2 months before we have hatchlings, but the logistics need to be worked out. Since the releases happen on a public beach, crowd control will be an issue. More to come on that as we see what the future holds.

But we are up to the challenge and are committed to continuing our work of helping our local sea turtle population!

We know times are tough and funds are short, but if you are able, won’t you consider a donation to support this important work?  Or maybe adopting a nest?

Thank you so much for reading, and welcome to our 2020-2021 season.  It feels wonderful to be doing something good in this crazy time!

The Ayotlcalli Team


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A Weekend of Music Benefits!

We are so super excited about this coming weekend!!!  We have, not one, but two, awesome LIVE MUSIC nights to benefit our Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli’s Summer Camp for children in our local communities!

Both are happening at O.Ridley’s Tortuga Bar in Barra de Potosi.

About the Music

The Last Resort

Saturday night we will welcome The Last Resort.  An impromptu evening with musical friends Tom Lambert, Kate Potter, Phil Ballard and Glenn McCullough.

This is not a ticketed event, but we will be passing the hat for donations.  We hope you will be generous in helping us to help the local children here!

 

Musicos en Fuga

Sunday we welcome Musicos en Fuga featuring Carlos UribeRodolfo González, and  Roberto Martinez Sellari

This is a  local Zihuatanejo group playing a variety of music including traditional Mexican and Cuban music, along with some Americana favorites.

In addition to music, there will be yummy tacos available for purchase.  These delicious tacos are prepared by our very talented friend and neighbor Marlen .

 

This event is ticketed with limited seating (tickets in advance 150MX, at the door 200MX).

Tickets can be purchased in person at O.Ridley’s or by visiting  http://www.ayotlcalli.org/events/.

We hope you will come join us for one or both nights!

About the Summer Camp

The camp is a fun and educational 2 weeks in July.  This two-week camp includes many different activities for the children and could not happen without the help of our volunteers, from near and far.

The children learn not just about sea turtles, but about taking care of the environment (and why we need to) and taking care of themselves (nutrition and exercise).  We have arts and crafts, field trips, and educational games.  While they are focused on the fun activities, they often don’t even notice that they are reading, writing and doing arithmetic!

Last year we had swimming lessons and kayaking on the lagoon.  We also had some fun field trips, check out our blog to see more!

Summer Camp Activities

Summer Camp Visits El Refugio de Potosí

Summer Camp Visit to Organic Farm at Marea

 

A Very Special Release

A very special release happened today!

Not only did we have the Kinder class from Agua de Correa, but the baby turtles were from an adopted nest. Little ones releasing adopted babies. It was a very special morning!

First the children learned all about Sea Turtles from Damaris, then they went out to the beach to release the babies.

This is the first of many visiting groups from this school and we are so looking forward to the next group.

Stay tuned! More to come
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Calling for Volunteers

Volunteers Patty & Steve

Are you visiting Playa Blanca / Barra de Potosí / Zihuatanejo for a few weeks? A few months? Or maybe you recently moved here?

There are so many fun things to do in this area, for sure…but maybe you are looking for something both fun and rewarding to while you’re in the area?

If so, we have just the thing for you! We are currently seeking volunteers for all kinds of tasks and activities.  Speaking Spanish is a plus BUT it is not required to be a Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Evening releases.  Interact with guests, help with the baby turtles on the beach.
  • Night Patrol.  Learn and help with finding nests on the beach and then relocating them to our corral with our night patrol team.
  • Nest monitoring.  Monitor of our hatchery, collecting baby turtles to keep them safe!
  • Zihuatanejo Eco-Tianguis Market.  Help at our table on Saturday mornings at the Eco-Tianguis in Zihuatanejo.
  • Arts/Crafts – For our artistic friends, we always have signs to make and touch up, and crafts to be made to sell in our store.
  • Writing/Grants/Marketing – our writer friends, we can use help with blog writing, grant requests, marketing, and more.
  • Special events.  From time to time we have special events like concerts, or school group visits which require some additional volunteer help.

Please info@ayotlcalli.org if you are interested in volunteering.

We still have a few seats available for Luna and Juan in Concert

Luna and Juan in Concert
When: THIS SUNDAY.  22 December, 2019.  Doors open at 6:45pm
Where: Carretera Aeropuerto-Barra de Potosí, Lote 50-A. Playa Blanca (Wendy & Pete’s, formerly the B&B Playa Calli)

This event is limited to fifty seat and we still have a few seats remaining.

Sunday promses to be a great evening of music in an intimate setting and all proceeds go to a wonderful cause.

Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli invites you to join us for a magical musical experience on Playa Blanca. All proceeds to support the sea turtle conservation efforts of our camp.

Cocktail reception with cash bar and light snacks begins at 6:45pm. The concert will begin at about 7:30pm (this is a time change from early posts).

Ayotlcalli souvenirs will be available for sale before and after the concert. Our t-shirts, hats, and other items make great gifts for the holidays. An adopted nest also makes a great gift idea or you can adopt your own. You can adopt-a-nest online or during this event.  We will also have a silent auction with some select items available to bid on.

The bar will remain open after the concert for any guests that would like to linger to visit with friends and neighbors.


Advance reservations available online for US$17.50 at www.ayotlcalli.org/concert.




If you have any questions about tickets or the concert or would like to make your reservation in-person for $MX300, contact info@ayotlcalli.org or call Patty (755-136-9607) or Mitchell (755-130-4297).


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25 Tickets Remaining for Luna and Juan in Concert

Luna and Juan in Concert
When: Sunday, 22 December, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Carretera Aeropuerto-Barra de Potosí, Lote 50-A. Playa Blanca (Wendy & Pete’s, formerly the B&B Playa Calli)

This event is limited to fifty seat.  Don’t delay, reserve your seats today.

If you would like to join us for a great evening of music in an intimate setting, be sure to reserve your seats soon.  All proceeds go to a wonderful cause.

Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli invites you to join us for a magical musical experience on Playa Blanca. All proceeds to support the sea turtle conservation efforts of our camp.

Cocktail reception with cash bar and light snacks begins at 7pm. The concert will begin at about 8pm.

Ayotlcalli souvenirs will be available for sale before and after the concert. Our t-shirts, hats, and other items make great gifts for the holidays. An adopted nest also makes a great gift idea or you can adopt your own. You can adopt-a-nest online or during this event.

The bar will remain open after the concert for any guests that would like to linger to visit with friends and neighbors.


Advance reservations available online for US$17.50 at www.ayotlcalli.org/concert.




If you have any questions about tickets or the concert or would like to make your reservation in-person for $MX300, contact info@ayotlcalli.org or call Patty (755-136-9607) or Mitchell (755-130-4297).


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30 Tickets Remaining for Luna and Juan in Concert

Luna and Juan in Concert
When: Sunday, 22 December, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Carretera Aeropuerto-Barra de Potosí, Lote 50-A. Playa Blanca (Wendy & Pete’s, formerly the B&B Playa Calli)

This event is limited to fifty seats and they are going quickly.  If you would like to join us for a great evening of music in an intimate setting, be sure to reserve your seats soon.

Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli invites you to join us for a magical musical experience on Playa Blanca. All proceeds to support the sea turtle conservation efforts of our camp.

Cocktail reception with cash bar and light snacks begins at 7pm. The concert will begin at about 8pm.

Ayotlcalli souvenirs will be available for sale before and after the concert. Our t-shirts, hats, and other items make great gifts for the holidays. An adopted nest also makes a great gift idea or you can adopt your own. You can adopt-a-nest online or during this event.

The bar will remain open after the concert for any guests that would like to linger to visit with friends and neighbors.


Advance reservations available online for US$17.50 at www.ayotlcalli.org/concert.




If you have any questions about tickets or the concert or would like to make your reservation in-person for $MX300, contact info@ayotlcalli.org or call Patty (755-136-9607) or Mitchell (755-130-4297).


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40 Tickets Remaining for Luna and Juan in Concert

Luna and Juan in Concert
When: Sunday, 22 December, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Carretera Aeropuerto-Barra de Potosí, Lote 50-A. Playa Blanca (Wendy & Pete’s, formerly the B&B Playa Calli)

This event is limited to fifty seats and they are being reserved quickly.  If you would like to join us for a great evening of music in an intimate setting, be sure to reserve your seats soon.

Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli invites you to join us for a magical musical experience on Playa Blanca. All proceeds to support the sea turtle conservation efforts of our camp.

Cocktail reception with cash bar and light snacks begins at 7pm. The concert will begin at about 8pm.

Ayotlcalli souvenirs will be available for sale before and after the concert. Our t-shirts, hats, and other items make great gifts for the holidays. An adopted nest also makes a great gift idea or you can adopt your own. You can adopt-a-nest online or during this event.

The bar will remain open after the concert for any guests that would like to linger to visit with friends and neighbors.


Advance reservations available online for US$17.50 at www.ayotlcalli.org/concert.




If you have any questions about tickets or the concert or would like to make your reservation in-person for $MX300, contact info@ayotlcalli.org or call Patty (755-136-9607) or Mitchell (755-130-4297).


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