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
Feb 11, 2021

Progress report, February 2021

Jorge Mario burying an olive ridley nest
Jorge Mario burying an olive ridley nest

Warm greetings from your Friends at ARCAS,

We wish you the best in this new year full of challenges.  Here, we are reporting on our  GlobalGiving project #42261, Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala as of February 10, 2021. 

We initiated this project in September, 2019, during the height of the July – October olive ridley nesting season, with the goal of rescuing and incubating 30,000 sea turtle eggs at our Hawaii Hatchery on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. 

2019

As reported in February, 2020, during the 2019 nesting season we successfully collected and incubated 41,192 olive ridley sea turtle eggs, and released 39,517 hatchlings with a 96% hatching success rate. 

2020

Like other conservation projects around the world that depend on the support of volunteers and ecotours, the Coronavirus pandemic hit us very hard.  From March until December 2020, the Hawaii Parque was closed to the public, as were nearby beaches.  One of our staff members contracted Covid-19, but thankfully, didn’t suffer serious symptoms.  Due to the pandemic, during the 2020 nesting season, we were only able to rescue and incubate 9,362 olive ridley sea turtle eggs, of which 8,659 hatched, which represented a 92.4% hatching success rate. 

Unfortunately, we received no eggs of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle, but this year there have been reports of 6 nests at different points of the southwest coast of Guatemala.  This has given us hope for the future of this species in the region though this may be just one female (they can nest up to 7 times per year).

 

Elephant Seal

In January, 2021, we were visited by a very large and rare species, the first reported presences of an Elephant Seal on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.  This enormous animal 3M long beached to rest at different points along the south coast as it migrated from El Salvador in the south to Mexico in the north.  He caused QUITE a stir!!! We wish him well on his journey… presumably to Baja California.  (Please see attached video when he beached in El Salvador)  https://www.facebook.com/ArcasGuatemala/videos/147540660507076

 

Sea turtle population monitoring

Thanks to the support of the USAID Guatemala Biodiversity Project and See Turtles, we continue our sea turtle population monitoring activities on 7 index beaches along the Pacific coast.  Please see the latest Situational Analysis on ARCAS’s publications page: https://arcasguatemala.org/who-we-are/arcas-publications/  You can also find a recent article using this data published with colleagues at the Del Valle and Southern Norway Universities.     

 

GlobalGiving funds from this project were used to hire local sea turtle guides and researchers who conducted nightly patrols and buried eggs and released hatchlings at the Hawaii Hatchery.  It also covered transportation and per diem expenses for the transfer of stranded sea turtles (Please see attached fotos)

Many thanks 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, researcher’s housing and necropsy rancho.  With these new installations we are able to accommodate the increasing numbers of stranded marine wildlife, researchers and visitors to the Hawaii Park. 

Also our many thanks to the 200+ donors to the 30,000 sea turtle eggs campaign.  Together with can save the sea turtles of Guatemala!

 

Un cordial saludo de parte de sus Amigos de ARCAS,

Te deseamos lo mejor en este nuevo año lleno de desafíos. Aquí, estamos informando sobre el proyecto GlobalGiving # 42261, “Liberación de 30,000 tortugas marinas en Guatemala” hasta la fecha 10 de febrero del 2021.

Iniciamos este proyecto GlobalGiving en septiembre de 2019, durante el apogeo de la temporada de anidación de la tortuga parlama (Lepidochyles olivácea) de julio a octubre, con el objetivo de rescatar e incubar 30,000 huevos de tortuga marina en nuestro Tortugario Hawáii en la costa del Pacífico de Guatemala.

2019

Como se informó en febrero de 2020, durante la temporada de anidación de 2019 recolectamos e incubamos con éxito 41,192 huevos de tortuga parlama y liberamos 39,517 crías con una tasa de éxito de eclosión del 96%.

2020

Como otros proyectos de conservación en todo el mundo que dependen del apoyo de voluntarios y ecotours, la pandemia de Coronavirus nos afectó muy fuertamente. Desde marzo hasta diciembre de 2020, el Parque Hawaii estuvo cerrado al público, al igual que las playas cercanas. Uno de nuestro personal contrajó Covid-19, pero afortunadamente, no sufrió síntomas graves. Debido a la pandemia, durante la temporada de anidación de 2020, solo pudimos rescatar e incubar 9,362 huevos de parlama , de las cuales 8,659 eclosionaron, lo que representó una tasa de éxito de eclosión del 92,4%.

Desafortunadamente, no recibimos huevos de la tortuga baule (Dermochelys coriacia) especie en peligro crítico de extinción, pero ha habido reportes de 6 nidos en diferentes puntos de la costa suroeste de Guatemala. Aunque puede ser solo una hembra (pueden anidar hasta 7 veces al año), esto nos ha dado esperanzas para el futuro de esta especie en la región.

 

Elefante marino

En enero de 2021, fuimos visitados por una especie muy grande y rara, la primera arribada reportada de un elefante marino en la costa del Pacífico de Guatemala!  Este enorme animal de 3M de largo varó para descansar en diferentes puntos a lo largo de la costa sur mientras migraba desde El Salvador en el sur hasta México en el norte. Él causó una gran conmoción!!! Le deseamos lo mejor en su viaje ... presumiblemente a Baja California. (Ver video: https://www.facebook.com/ArcasGuatemala/videos/147540660507076)

 

Monitoreo de poblaciones de tortugas marinas

Gracias al apoyo del Proyecto de Biodiversidad de Guatemala de USAID y See Turtles, continuamos nuestras actividades de monitoreo poblacional de tortugas marinas en 7 playas índice a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico. Consulte el Análisis Situacional en la página de publicaciones de ARCAS: https://arcasguatemala.org/who-we-are/arcas-publications/ También puede encontrar un artículo reciente con estos datos publicados con colegas de las universidades de Del Valle y el sur de Noruega.

 

 

 

Los fondos de GlobalGiving de este proyecto se utilizaron para contratar guías e investigadores locales de tortugas marinas que realizaron patrullas nocturnas y enterraron huevos y liberaron crías del Tortugario Hawaii. También cubrió los gastos de transporte y viáticos para el traslado de tortugas marinas varadas (ver fotos adjuntas)

Muchas gracias también al Fondo de Conservación SeaWorld Busch Gardens y la Misión Taiwanesa / Proyecto de Bambú del Ministerio de Agricultura por su apoyo en la construcción de nuestros nuevos tortugarios, la vivienda para investigadores y rancho de necropsias. Con estas nuevas instalaciones podemos dar cabida al creciente número de animales marinos varados, investigadores y visitantes del Hawaii Park.

Nuestro agradecimiento a todos los donantes a la campaña de 30.000 huevos de tortuga marina! 

Olive ridley nest
Olive ridley nest
Releasing olive ridley hatchlings
Releasing olive ridley hatchlings

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Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association

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