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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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)

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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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)

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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