School Groups

Releasing some hatchlings from home beach Mentawak with some sleepy students

Just at the beginning of this month A group from Temasek Polytechnic came out here.  Great people, from the Green Interests club.  Working with students that want to be here makes all the difference.  Anybody can push a bunch of people through a program and activities and never bat an eye, but when the people have an interest in whats going on its always impressive to see the program get tossed as a more natural course takes over.  Students give their input and we have/ there is the space for us to develop projects and program together, no pushing (sometimes.. to get ’em out of bed)

In three days Alice Smith school from KL is arriving with  a large number of students, for a short time.  We’re in a bit of a crunch now to get activities in place, not just activities but something real, that is useful and we need done… and can BE done by a mob of High School kids.  It worked out well last year, this year we’re going with brute garden landscaping (terraces) and digging in a new Hatchery… both quite useful.

Temasek Poly and a fresh nest on their last morning

Making tracks

Nesting tracks on Munjor Beach, actually all from one hopeful mother trying to find a nice location!

Finally this year as the nesting season is picking up, Munjor beach appears to be living up to its past reputation with three sets of tracks all in one morning, a welcome sight on our morning patrol.

These tracks actually came from one turtle, Green Turtle,  a mother that was looking for a good spot to nest, eventually leaving just one nest for all this walking around!

Beach Lighting Awareness Pack

Turtle friendly lights and info posters.

This is a photo of our beach-front lighting supplies.

The part to this lighting pack that you can’t see.. is that we will go and install the lights for anybody that will let us; including new fixtures, wiring or whatever is needed to make a better situation for the nesting Turtles.

The parts you can see are some low-watt yellow lights and posters.  Yellow lights have a long wave-length (almost like red lights) and Sea Turtles have a hard time seeing it, so its less intrusive for beach front lighting.

One of the posters is for inside beach-front chalets, it says “Lights Off! – save energy and turtles” and then explains how the guest can help be Turtle Friendly.

The other poster is to inform guests, so that they know why their resort is using yellow lights.

 

First nest of 2012

The first nest 2012, Hawksbill from Penut Beach, 140 eggs!

The nesting season has started and the first nest was collected from Penut Beach, it was a Hawksbill. So we will be awaiting it return in about 14 days form now!

To celebrate the occasion, to have some fun with the Turtles, and for some good food; we supported a celebration BBQ at DJ Corner here in Juara. all invited.  We used a digital projector from UWCSEA to show big screen turtle videos all night.