by Nancy F.
The Mogote turtle "protect and release" project is alive and well. We have three nests incubating in their covered cribs right now and expect more to come in the next month or so. Ramon, one of the HOA employees, is certified by PROFEPA to dig up the eggs and re-bury them. If you are not certified, it is illegal to touch the eggs and there is a potential jail term and fine if you do.
If you are walking the beach and see fresh signs of a turtle coming up on the beach, please mark the spot with whatever you have available, and report its location to the HOA office. A vast majority of the turtles will lay at night, so the morning is the best time to spot the tracks. We have volunteers who are checking the beach every morning, but all help is appreciated.
As the baby turtles hatch, usually in 45 days, we will have turtle releases at dusk on the beach. We will try to notify as many people on site as possible with a phone call. There will be no one invited from town this year due to lack of boat and land transportation, so it'll be up to the owners to assist in getting the little guys off to a good start, with Ramon's supervision.