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Cozumel’s Municipal Department of Ecology is off and running with the turtle season well underway.  So far, over 350 turtle nests have been identified and marked.  Of these, 150 are from loggerhead turtles and the rest are from green turtles.  Turtle eggs take about two months of incubate, depending on the species, meaning turtle hatchlings should be ready by August.  In the meantime it’s really important that we do everything we can to make sure that the turtles have a clear, safe passage to their nests, and that means it’s beach clean-up time!

Beach Clean-up – This Saturday, June 22 at 8 am volunteers will be gathering at the offices of the Department of Ecology, located in front of the Centoe Park on Av. 65.  We’ll then proceed in a caravan over to the windward side of the island to make some clean beaches.  If you have your own transportation, please offer to give a ride to other volunteers as well.

Nesting Seminars – If you’re interesting in assisting in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Biologist Rafael Chacon, is conducting informative presentations as to how you can help the turtles during their nesting season.  Starting at 8:30 pm at the Environmental Interpretation Park, or Centoe, on Av. 65.  The presentation is approximately 3 hours in length, followed by the visit to the windward side of the island, at night, to assist.  Advanced reservations are required.  A contribution, which goes directly to the turtle program, of $55usd for adults and $30usd for children up to 13 years of age is requested.  Children under the age of 5 are free.  Please contact the Department of Ecology at 872 5795 to reserve spaces or ask about a group rate.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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