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It seems like everyone was involved in last Saturday’s cleanup of the village of El Torito and Playa Carrillo. Busloads of volunteers from UNA (Univerisida Nacional de Costa Rica) and Florida (our local bottler) collected trash and garbage from roadsides and yards. The idea is to eliminate places for standing water and breeding potential for mosquitos.

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The volunteers and staff came back on Monday to continue their work in Sámara. Garbage trucks from the Municipalidad hauled it all away. This is what a “national emergency” looks like in Costa Rica: funds for equipment, gasoline, lunch, garbage bags and gloves.

And lots of volunteers.

Thank-you to all who helped.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I have been keeping this Ponsettia alive in a planter for several years now.  It lives most of the year on a shady terrace.  When I move it into the sun, the leaves turn green but timing is everything.  Last year it was too hot and all the leaves fell off.  This year, with late rains and cooler weather, it’s still pretty green with only 10 days to go.  But I think it’s beautiful in all it’s variations.

Happy holidays, however you celebrate.

Peace!

Hoffman's woodpecker

Hoffman’s woodpecker

The Bolseros (Orioles) were late today, beaten by the Hoffman’s Woodpecker.

Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Each morning a parade of birds stops by our bamboo to survey the neighborhood and make a plan for the day.

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From the Voice of Guanacaste, this is the best thing I’ve read about what all those people are doing on the beach at Ostional during a turtle Arrival (Arribada).  It says that, in a big Arribada, many of the eggs are destroyed by other turtles “over-digging”.  When 251,000 turtles try to lay their eggs on the same stretch of beach within a few days, it’s bound to happen.  So harvesting during the first 3 days doesn’t have a big impact on overall survival.  Caring for the nests and cleaning the beach, however, does have an impact, a positive one.

http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/gallery/turtle-eggs-ostionals-subsidy

What the article doesn’t explain is how SINAC assesses the market and who the buyers are.  Even so, if you run the numbers, you can quickly see that a large Arribada like we saw in September produces a $40 share for each of the 230 members.  Seems like a labor of love to me.  More important, perhaps, to turtle survival is to stop polluting the oceans.