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Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala

by Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association
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Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Burying an olive ridley nest, Hawaii Hatchery
Burying an olive ridley nest, Hawaii Hatchery

Dear friends of the Parlama,

 

Greetings from Guatemala where we continue dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Like other places in the world, the infection rate has dropped and the government has relaxed restrictions which is nice, but we are all now nervously waiting for a second wave. Masks are still mandatory, and large gatherings are prohibited. The economy is not doing well. It’s sad to see single mothers with children waving white flags on the sides of the roads, asking for food.  In such an environment, it makes ARCAS’s work saving the wildlife of Guatemala even more challenging than usual.     

 

We are in the middle of the sea turtle nesting season, and to date have collected just over 4,000 olive ridley sea turtle eggs which is low for us. We have also received several stranded, dead sea turtles, and two injured turtles which have recuperated and returned to the ocean. 2020 has been a difficult year for us. The beach was closed for much of July – September, and we couldn’t carry out our egg collection patrols. Also, the Coronavirus pandemic closed down our volunteer and intern program which provides much-needed support to our egg and data-collecting activities.

 

We just launched a campaign to raise funds to make a push to fill the Hawaii Hatchery before the end of the season in December, so if you can help us, please make a donation following this link  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-30-000-sea-turtles-in-guatemala/ Also, if you could share this link with friends and family, we’d appreciate it.

 

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile. If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you.

 

Thanks very much for your generous support for our sea turtle conservation efforts, especially in these times of crisis.   Please let me know if you have any questions, and please come and visit us (when the pandemic is over of course).  And please check with us if you want to come to the Hawaii Park to release hatchlings. Our first nests hatched out last week and we should have hatchlings to be released from now until the end of January, but it’s always best to check with the staff at the Park first.

 

Thanks,

 

Colum

 

 

Estimad@s amigos de la Parlama,

 

Saludos desde Guatemala donde seguimos lidiando con la pandemia de Coronavirus. Al igual que en otros lugares del mundo, la tasa de infección ha disminuido y el gobierno ha relajado las restricciones, lo cual es bueno, pero ahora todos estamos esperando nerviosamente una segunda ola. Las máscaras siguen siendo obligatorias y están prohibidas las grandes reuniones. La economía no va bien. Es triste ver a madres solteras con niños ondeando banderas blancas a los lados de las carreteras, pidiendo comida. En tal entorno, hace que el trabajo de ARCAS para salvar la vida silvestre de Guatemala sea aún más desafiante de lo habitual.

 

Estamos en la mitad de la temporada de anidación de tortugas marinas, y hasta la fecha hemos recolectado poco más de 4,000 huevos de tortuga golfina, lo cual es bajo para nosotros. También hemos recibido varias tortugas marinas varadas y muertas y dos tortugas heridas que se han recuperado y regresado al océano. 2020 ha sido un año difícil para nosotros. La playa estuvo cerrada durante gran parte de julio a septiembre, y no pudimos realizar nuestras patrullas de recolección de huevos. Además, la pandemia de Coronavirus cerró nuestro programa de voluntarios y pasantes que brinda el apoyo muy necesario para nuestras actividades de recolección de datos y huevos.

 

Acabamos de lanzar una campaña para recaudar fondos para hacer un esfuerzo para llenar el Tortugario Hawaii antes del final de la temporada en diciembre, así que si puede ayudarnos, haga una donación siguiendo este enlace https://www.globalgiving.org/ dy / v2 / pe / project-edit / edit-page-1.html? project.projId = 42261 Además, si pudiera compartir este enlace con amigos y familiares, se lo agradeceríamos.

 

Ahora que somos una organización sin fines de lucro 501c3 en los EE. UU., Nos hemos unido a AmazonSmile. Si pudiera ayudarnos eligiendo ARCAS como su organización benéfica, se lo agradeceríamos. Mismos productos, mismos precios, mismo servicio. AmazonSmile dona el 0.5% del precio de las compras elegibles a ARCAS sin costo adicional para usted.

 

Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo a nuestros esfuerzos de conservación de las tortugas marinas, especialmente en estos tiempos de crisis. Por favor, avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta y venga a visitarnos (cuando la pandemia termine, por supuesto). Y por favor consulte con nosotros si quiere venir al Hawaii Park para liberar crías. Nuestros primeros nidos eclosionaron la semana pasada y deberíamos tener crías para ser liberadas desde ahora hasta finales de enero, pero siempre es mejor consultar primero con el personal del parque.

 

Gracias,

 

Colum

Olive ridley hatchling
Olive ridley hatchling
ARCAS and CONAP staff with facemasks
ARCAS and CONAP staff with facemasks
Stranded olive ridley sea turtle
Stranded olive ridley sea turtle
Olive ridley hatchling, Foto: JJUbico
Olive ridley hatchling, Foto: JJUbico

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Dear Friends of ARCAS, 

Next month, July 6th, we will start the Turtle nesting season for 2020. This year it will be a little bit different from the past years. Guatemala is still in Lockdown, so travel across municipal lines is still limited. The inauguration for 2020 will be a small event with social distancing and we will follow all required restrictions. We will launch a GlobalGiving campaign to support our project. You will have for example the option to sponsor a nest for 25$ for about 93 Turtle Eggs or for only 10$ you can sponsor a local guide to do nocturnal beach patrols.

Also because of the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemia we are missing our Volunteers, we shifted our focus on working together with local communities. The community members are highly affected by the COVID-19, their income was mainly from tourists. There is zero Tourism since 3 months and we don’t have any information for how much longer this situation will last. We have to contribute to the conservation of these endangered species while also contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of low-income local residents. This year the nests might be in more danger because people have lost their jobs and see the sale of turtle eggs still as a lucrative income.

We will be participating in the International Coastal Clean Up (Ocean Conservancy) on beach clean ups and working on solid waste recycling with local communities.

 

In 2019 ARCAS rescued and incubated 41857 olive Ridley Sea Turtle eggsand released 39,517 hatchlings, which represents nearly a 96% hatching success rate. We plan to to even rescue and release more this year! Unfortunately, we received no leatherback eggs, nor have we heard of any nests laid on the entire Guatemala Pacific coast during the November – January nesting season. This year seems everything is different, hopefully the leatherbacks return back this season to lay their eggs on the beach.

 

We hopefully can count again on the support of all the amazing and generous donors through GlobalGiving.

Many thanks to our staff, collaborators and volunteers who have spent many nights under wind and rain patrolling the beaches and burying nest.

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Burying eggs in our new hatchery
Burying eggs in our new hatchery

Greetings friends of the Parlama,

We have released the last of the hatchlings from the 2019 sea turtle conservation season, and we are happy to report that we collected and incubated 41,192 olive ridley sea turtle eggs, and released 39,517 hatchlings, which represents nearly a 96% hatching success rate.   

Unfortunately, we received no leatherback eggs, nor have we heard of any nests laid on the entire Guatemala Pacific coast during the November – January nesting season, so that is not good news!

Our many thanks to the donors to the 30,000 sea turtle eggs campaign for all their support. 

Many thanks as well as to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Taiwanese Mission/Agricultural Ministry  Bamboo Project for their support in building our new sea turtle hatcheries and rehab tanks.  No doubt, with these new installations we were able to achieve such a high hatching success rate this year.  

Many thanks as well to our staff, collaborators and volunteers who spent many a night under wind and rain patrolling the beaches and burying nests:  Alan Marroquin, Marie Renee Contreras, Jose Jorge Ubico, Alex Garcia, Marisette Quiñonez, Salome Hernandez, and Alejandra Morales.  

In addition to the sea turtles, in July we rescued and rehabilitated a Galapagos Sea Lion which we released at the Pacific Naval Base after 10 days of observation. 

Recently hatched olive ridleys
Recently hatched olive ridleys
Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion
New hatcheries and rehab tanks
New hatcheries and rehab tanks
Hatchlings being released
Hatchlings being released
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Olive ridley hatchlings on their way to the ocean
Olive ridley hatchlings on their way to the ocean

Dear Friends of the Parlama,

We are still in the height of the sea turtle nesting season, and there is still plenty of nesting of olive ridleys on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers are furiously collecting and burying eggs, and releasing hatchlings.  Just this morning we release over 1200 hatchlings!  We have collected nearly 40,000 eggs and have filled hatchery 1 and 2, and are refilling hatchery 1.   The olive ridley season is slowing down, but we are entering leatherback season, though there are very few nests of this highly endangered species left. 

If you are in Guatemala and want to come release some hatchlings with the kids, please contact us at 4060-4039, 57236485, or 5460-8071.  The rains have ended, so it's a great time to visit the Hawaii Park.  There are a lot of hatchlings hatching out now, and there should be plenty through January.  

Thanks to everyone who helped us with the GlobalGiving sponsor-a-nest drive, and thanks to the volunteers and staff at the Park.

Colum

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Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association

Location: San Lucas - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Colum Muccio
San Lucas, Guatemala
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