Checklist S40417451

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Owner Carolyn Wilcox

Traveling
  • 6
  • 10 mi
Checklist Comments

We went on a mangrove and turtle tour which culminated in the protected release of hatched olive-ridley sea turtles. We first rode in a boat with two guides (one who was learning to operate the boat and identify birds) through a mangrove canal in the park and then we docked the boat and walked across a barrier island to the beach where the adult female sea turtles lay their eggs. The eggs had been collected, labeled and placed in bags of sand in a protected area. There was only one Leatherback and Green Sea Turtle clutch, all the rest were Olive-Ridley. There were probably about 20 or more people (who appeared to be young foreigners) who were on separate tours and had local guides. The local spanish-speaking guides were informed about mangrove and sea turtle conservation.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 6

    Details: 4 pairs were observed and photographed with white bellies and another pair was heard (assuming same species).

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  2. Number observed: 6

    Details: Seen on the trail in the dark as we were walking back to the boat after releasing the hatchling olive-ridely sea turtles. Observed white wing bars.

  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 5
  5. Number observed: 20
  6. Number observed: 25
  7. Royal/Elegant Tern

    Number observed: 10
  8. Number observed: 1

    Details: Hidden in the mangroves but the gray head and black on the wings was observed on a large white bird.

  9. Number observed: 5
  10. Number observed: 8
  11. Number observed: 5
  12. Number observed: 40
  13. Number observed: 5
  14. Number observed: 10
  15. Number observed: 5
  16. Number observed: 1
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  17. Number observed: 5
  18. Number observed: 5
  19. Number observed: 4
  20. Number observed: 1
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