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Steve and Miga found these turtle tracks on the beach this morning.  The Olive Ridely Turtles climb the beach  in the moonlight looking for just the right sand in which to lay their eggs.  They dig a hole, using their flippers as delicately as teaspoons and  drop 100-120 eggs into a hole about 6-8″ diameter and 3 feet deep.  The sex of the baby turtle is determined by the temperature of ths sand around the egg, usually caused by its location in thenest.  But increasingly, global warming is affecting the tempertuer of the sand and hence the sex of the hatchilings.  That can’ t be good for the species.

The fifth annual National Shorebird Census will take place next Saturday
September 3rd and Nosara will be part of it. The National Ornithologists Union
sponsors and organizes this activity, aimed towards monitoring the populations
of this endangered group of birds in their wintering grounds. All those
interested are welcome to participate and learn.

See the Voice of Nosara, at the link below, for the whole story.

2010 Hurricane Tracks

Costa Rica doesn’t get Atlantic hurricanes.  These track maps for the past four years show that the storms don’t come close. And you can see why.  We’re protected by the eastern bulges of Nicaragua and Venezuela.  And this part of the Pacific doesn’t get hurricanes either.  Here’s a link to NOAA’s site.  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastall.shtml#tracks_all

We do sometimes get some heavy rains from the edges of Carribean/Atlantic storms but, gratefully, we are spared the big damage.