By Nicki Wheeler - International Volunteer Coordinator
the hatchery filling up
Buenavista has had a long season.
Most nesting activity on the pacific coast declines in December and January, but on our little 3km stretch of beach, the staff and volunteers are still working hard.
Unfortunately peak nesting season in Costa Rica coincides with rainy season, and the limited access across the swollen estuary makes life difficult, especially when we rely on international volunteers to help us with the sheer volume of work.
as yet not all data has been collected from the 2014 nesting season - but the best news is that thanks to Global Giving donations, we managed to purchase 4 thermometers, which get buried inside the nests alongside the incubating eggs. this may not sound like a big deal - but this small advance means that we can monitor nest temperatures throughout the different climatic changes of the season. The gender of sea trtles is temperature determined - meaning that nests need to keep an optimum temperature in order to produce both male and femaes of the species. Anything under 23°C or over 33°C will rarely hatch. Towards the lower end of that spectrum, will produce mainly males, and the warmer temperatures will produce more females.
This reasearch is vital for the future of our turtles.
So our new hatchery has had a great start, its proving to be a worthwhile investmenet in conserving our marine resources -but the work hasnt finished yet. Once the last nest has hatched, it will be time to excavate all the used sand, and replace it with clean uncontaminated sand ready for the 2015 nesting season. All of this has been possible , in the short space of time that Global Giving has supported our project -- the turtles, and ASVO send their thanks to all our donors!
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