Conservation and Environment in Mexico: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2013
The end of October to the beginning of November sees the end of the peak season of laying the Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Slowly the number of nests collected each night dropped from an average of 35 a night to about five or ten a night. However this still meant that we were hatching a lot of earlier nests and the beginning of November brought only one thought to the minds of those of us at Camp Chupadero - Leatherbacks!
The camp continues to run very smoothly with the number of nests collected since the beginning of the laying season, reaching a fantastic total of 1746. The majority of these are Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). However four nests of these nests belong to a much rarer sea turtle species, the Black Turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizi).
July and August are normally the two months where there is a dramatic peak in the numbers of turtles laying eggs. However, this season the dramatic increase we expected was delayed until much later with our busiest night being 20 August where we managed to find and relocate 82 nests in a single night.
The high season of egg laying for Olive Ridley turtles started on 15th June. Night patrols managed to find 50 nests in June alone. All these nests were laid by Olive Ridley turtles and they were successfully relocated into our protected artificial beaches.
In what has been of the present year on our turtle conservation program the number of nests collected till February 28th was 123, of which two were the critically endangered leatherbacks. As the number of nests become more scarce we can clearly see the decrease brought by the low season in turtles, however the patrols must be kept constant.