Tuesday, February 8, 2011

03/02/11 Island Conservation Week 4

It’s been the first full week of surveying for us Terrestrial lassies! What a week it was. We knew it was going to be a good one at about 2pm on Monday afternoon, when we were ridiculously lucky in viewing another Hawksbill Turtle laying eggs. It was our Base Manager Dan’s first sighting of this extraordinary occurrance, which made it a particularly Magic Monday!

Tuesday is tree day and we are really getting into the swing of things when it comes to our Mangrove Transects. It’s such a satisying and proud feeling when you can go through the mangroves and begin to Identify the species without needing the cheat sheet. This is generally the feeling running through the terrestrial programme; all the training and the studying has stuck and we really feel like we have come into our own.

The Coco de Mer monitoring is coming along really well; we have gotten into a routine – well, as routine as running about in the jungle spotting these incredible trees can be - and we are collecting some really exciting data.

We have also been doing some wore work on the transformation of base camp into a 5 star resort; our veggie patch is coming along and a few more practical jobs have been done. What we are all really excited about, though, is the newest addition to camp - our beach hammock! Stay tuned to hear about camp squabbles, as there is only oneto fight over!

At the desk!