Scouts Return for a Visit

Earlier this month, a Scout group from Morelia, Michoacán returned to the Camp after last visiting two years ago.  The scouts spent a couple of days and nights camping, cooking, going on foot patrols, and experiencing Ayotlcalli life.

This particular Scout group was the first one founded in Morelia in 1948 and is celebrating 70 years of existence this year.

We enjoyed hosting Scout Grupo-2 of Morelia and wish them all the best in the New Year.

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Presenting Nora Murillo

A Benefit for Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays and the gatherings that go with them are over, are you looking for something fun and exciting to do?  We have the answer!

Come join us for our second benefit concert of the season.  For this event, we will have the wonderful Nora Murillo performing in a beautiful setting.  You will be swept away by her range and control as well as the clear beauty and passion of her voice.

When:  Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 5:45pm

Where:  Marea Beachfront Villas, Playa Blanca

There is a limited supply, so get your tickets now!  Purchasing tickets is so simple.

You can contact Laurel Patrick laurel@elrefugiodepotosi.org / (755-557-2840) to purchase locally for MX$500, or purchase them online for US$27.50.




 

 

 

 


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Meet Felipe De Jesus

Felipe is our one and only full-time employee. He is 22 years old and has been working or volunteering at Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli for 7 years. Yes, that means he started volunteering at the very young age of 14!

Growing up in the nearby community of El Coacoyul, Felipe always knew about the sea turtles nesting in the area but it wasn’t until his aunt, who was volunteering at the camp at the time, invited him along that he got hooked. He has been with Damaris and the Camp ever since with growing responsibilities along the way. Currently, he lives onsite in our volunteer cabin and works full time doing so many of things that are needed day-to-day .

Whether he is patrolling at night, reburying the nests, managing the corral and nest locations, cleaning out nests after hatchlings have all emerged, working with our guests at the hatchling releases, or just generally working around camp, we can count on a smile.

Felipe has gained so much knowledge about the turtles over the years that the volunteer team can always rely on him for a guidance, training, and keeping things on the right track.

In addition to his interest and work with sea turtles, Felipe is going to school to learn English. The schedule of three hours each day in addition to his Camp responsibilities keeps him busy.

If you love the turtle release pictures on the Camp’s Facebook page, chances are Felipe was the one who caught that magical moment.  After the turtles are released and they’re making their way towards the water, Felipe is always on the lookout for a good shot of a hatchling, the sunset, or our guests.

When asked to tell us something we didn’t know about him, he told us his childhood nickname is ‘Polvora’ (loosely translated as firecracker, thunderbolt, or gunpowder). He earned this due to his interest in boxing, which his father did as a hobby.

The Camp is really fortunate to have such a dedicated person as one of the leaders of the team.

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Adopt-A-Nest

Did you know you can adopt a nest and give it as a gift to that special person in your life?

When you adopt a nest, we will email you a personalized certificate recognizing the name of the adopter along with the unique nest number.

The adopter will receive email updates from us with pictures of the nest when rescued, then inside of our corral and finally, of a release including hatchlings from their nest.  We will let you know how many eggs were collected, who the volunteers were that relocated the nest, and more.

What a unique and wonderful gift to give someone that really cares about our mother earth!  Please support the work that we do.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season and peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The Ayotlcalli Team.


$25 – Adopt a Nest (Golfina & Prieta)

 

 

$50 – Adopt a Nest (Leatherback)

 

 

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Give a Gift that Gives Back

Are you racking your brain trying to think of a great holiday gift for a co-worker, friend, partner, family member or other loved one? Does that someone special appreciate the importance of conservation and environmental awareness over material wants? Or maybe that someone special is you and you want to treat yourself to a feel good moment that will last all year?

We have the perfect solution! Give the gift of a Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli Sustaining Membership. For as little as US$5 per month, you can make a real difference and feel good through the whole year about the positive impact you are making on our sea turtle populations, beaches, oceans, and planet.

When you choose to give the gift of a Sustaining Membership, please note the recipients name and email address when you checkout through PayPal.  We will send you a special membership welcome email that can be included when you present the Sustaining Membership gift to your loved one.

Please, please, please consider giving this gift that gives back!

We wish you peace, love, and joy this Holiday Season and throughout 2019.

The Ayotlcalli Team.





 

 

 

 

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Juan Sinhue Flores Ocampo & Edgar Gutiérrez Performing this evening with Ensamble MexicArte to Benefit Ayotlcalli

Sunday, 16 December, 2018 at 6:00pm
Concierto de Gala con El Ensamble MexicArte y Luna Sophia
Jardin Principal del Hotel Sunscape, Ixtapa

Juan Sinhue Flores Ocampo, Flutist
Born in the state of Toluca, Juan started his flute studies at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Mexico city at the young age of 13.  By the age of 17, he was performing with the Ensamble de Flautas del COMEM.

He has performed as a soloist with the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad Michoacana, the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Estado de México, and with the Orquesta de Cámara de la UAEM. He has performed with the Filarmónica de Toluca as well.
In addition to performing, Juan has worked as teacher of music and organized music festivals.

Edgar Gutiérrez, Tenor
Edgar graduated from the Conservatory of Music in the state of Toluca where he is originally from.

He has participated as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Fine Arts Theater, Mining Orchestra, Symphony of Torreón, Philharmonic of Honduras, Symphony of Guatemala, Symphony of San Luis Potosí, Symphony of Hidalgo, Youthful Symphony of the State of Mexico, Philharmonic of Toluca and Chamber Orchestra of the UAEM.

The roles he has performed are Ramiro, Nadir, Alfredo, Duca, Count of Almaviva, Nemorino, Ernesto, Rodolfo, Coronation Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Ninth Symphony, Coral Fantasy, Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

He has taken classes with Julio Julián, David Portilla, Claude Corbeill, and Belem Rodríguez among others. He is currently a student of Bernardo Villalobos.


Advance Tickets available through Ayotlcalli Volunteers for MX$350 or at the door for MX$400.

If you have any questions about tickets or the concert, contact Patty Sullivan (755-136-9607) or Wendy Dublanica (+1 508-212-2568).

Advance Tickets also available online for US$20.  Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the door on the evening of the concert.




 

 

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Luna Sophia and Sara Alicia Estrada García Performing Sunday with Ensamble MexicArte to Benefit Ayotlcalli

Sunday, 16 December, 2018 at 6:00pm
Concierto de Gala con El Ensamble MexicArte y Luna Sophia
Jardin Principal del Hotel Sunscape, Ixtapa

Luna Sophia, Mezzosoprano
Alexicoa Rebeca Bobadilla Oropeza, originally from the state of Mexico is known in the artistic medium as “Luna Sophia”. 

At the age of fifteen, she played the role of Sandy in the musical Vaseline. She began violin studies at the age of seventeen with private teachers. She also participated as a member of choirs with Juan Carlos Guerrero Zamora and Noé Martinez.
As a singer, she has performed at the Tepic opera festival with sopranos Laura Alonso Padín, Silvia Andrea Guillot, and baritone Pablo Atahualpa Méndez. She has performed in Zihuatanejo in a concert sharing the stage with the Mexicarte ensemble.

 

Sara Alicia Estrada García – Soprano
Originally from the city of Toluca, Sara entered the Conservatory of Music of the State of Mexico in 1997 for a Singing Degree.

She has taken singing classes under the tutelage of Julio Julián, David Portilla, Jorge Pérez and Ricardo Sánchez. She is currently a student of the prestigious baritone Arturo Nieto.

In 2002, she formed part of the Octeto of the Mexican Institute of Culture, with which she toured Torre Vieja España at the Habaneras International Competition, winning third place.

In 2006 she sang the solos of Requiem by Mozart with the Chamber Orchestra of the UAEM, and also participated in the Zarzuela Luisa Fernanda in the role of Duquesa Carolina.

She has performed with various choral groups, and is currently a member of the Discantus choral ensemble of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and the Choir of the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico.


Advance Tickets available through Ayotlcalli Volunteers for MX$350 or at the door for MX$400.

If you have any questions about tickets or the concert, contact Patty Sullivan (755-136-9607) or Wendy Dublanica (+1 508-212-2568).

Advance Tickets also available online for US$20.  Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the door on the evening of the concert.




 

 

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Juan Carlos Guerrero Performing Sunday with Ensamble MexicArte to Benefit Ayotlcalli

Sunday, 16 December, 2018 at 6:00pm
Concierto de Gala con El Ensamble MexicArte y Luna Sophia
Jardin Principal del Hotel Sunscape, Ixtapa

Juan Carlos Guerrero is currently a pianist with the Orquesta Sinfónica of the state of México and has been since 2002.

He has a degree in music with a specialty in piano from the School of Fine Arts of the State of Mexico, and 6 years of organ in the Superior School of Sacred Music of Toluca.

He has received numerous recognitions and diplomas among which are ones from the Autonomous University of Querétaro, the National Council for Culture and the Arts, LA OSEM and the UAEM.

Juan has studied with Edison Quintana, Jose Miramontes, Víctor Urbán, Zulfia Potchitjanova, Manuel De La Flor, Gerardo Durán, Juan Fernando Duran among others.

Whether as organist, pianist or choral director, he has performed in numerous national and international forums, as well as the most important orchestras and recitals, among others: in France, Spain, USA, Portugal, China, Cuba, Panama, Canada and in Mexico; Querétaro, Puebla, Veracruz, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Colima, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Nayarit, Guerrero, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Mexico City, etc., in dozens of municipalities in the State of Mexico.
He participated in the Forum International de Musique in Paris France where, among other works, he played music by the Mexican composer Felipe Villanueva.

Juan has collaborated with various orchestras in the country, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the UNAM, the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the San Luis Potosí Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous Camara orchestras, has also received orchestral conducting courses with the maestro José Miramontes Zapata and with maestro Enrique Bátiz and was selected to direct at the concert of young directors to OSEM. He is in charge of the choir of Escuela Normal 1 de Toluca and is a pianist of the OSEM Choir.


Advance Tickets available through Ayotlcalli Volunteers for MX$350 or at the door for MX$400.

If you have any questions about tickets or the concert, contact Patty Sullivan (755-136-9607) or Wendy Dublanica (+1 508-212-2568).

Advance Tickets also available online for US$20.  Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the door on the evening of the concert.




 

 

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Ensamble MexicArte Performing Sunday to Benefit Ayotlcalli

Sunday, 16 December, 2018 at 6:00pm
Concierto de Gala con El Ensamble MexicArte y Luna Sophia
Jardin Principal del Hotel Sunscape, Ixtapa

Composed of highly talented musicians, the Ensamble MexicArte has as vision to bring the wealth of Mexican music to everyone!

Ensamble MexicArte has the fortune of having versatile musicians, with soprano Sara Estrada, tenor Edgar Gutierrez, flutist Sinhue Flores, guitarist Roberto Medrano, and pianist Juan Carlos Guerrero.

Ensamble MexicArte began their journey in 2001 and since then has performed throughout Mexico receiving rave reviews from venues and listeners. Recently they have extended their popularity to Cuba, China and the United States where they were received with great acceptance and warmth.


Advance Tickets available through Ayotlcalli Volunteers for MX$350 or at the door for MX$400.

If you have any questions about tickets or the concert, contact Patty Sullivan (755-136-9607) or Wendy Dublanica (+1 508-212-2568).

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