Editor’s Note: Tropical Storms, Turtles, and New Event Calendar

Our first tropical storm Bud came in mellower than projected. But with him, he brought much-needed rain and cooler temperatures. From now until November 30th we are officially in ‘Tropical Storm Season’ and while there is no way to know exactly how many storms we’ll see this season and if, or when they’ll arrive on our shores, we can work towards clearing out the garbage that is washed along the streets, canals, and rivers out into the bay.

Last weekend there was a local and government effort to clean up many areas of the city, including the river banks and downtown neighbourhoods. Thank you to everyone who participated. Personally, I bagged an entire jumbo bag of mostly empty pop and water bottles and broken bits of styrofoam and cigarette butts.

Please check out the newly created Facebook page Limpia Tu Barrio PV (Clean your neighbourhood PV) for tips on what you can do to help and to participate in any events might be happening. They’ve also launched a petition urging the city of Puerto Vallarta to update the non-existent/old garbage and recycling cans around town. You can sign this petition at change.org.

NEW TURTLES

This time of year is also the beginning of the sea turtle migration back to the beaches of Banderas Bay and along the entire Mexican Pacific coastline. The beaches of Mexico are breeding areas for six of the seven marines species of turtles, the most common species found here include:

  • Olive Ridley turtle, or “Golfina (Lepidochelys olivacea)
  • Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
  • Green turtle (Chelonia agassizii)
  • Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)

There are conservation efforts that you can join in from being a live-in volunteer (2 month minimum) at the San Pancho Turtle Sanctuary to participating in an evening release through a number of hotels. For more information about turtle rescue visit www.project-tortuga.org or speak with the concierge in your hotel.

NEW LISTINGS CALENDAR

To centralize the events and entertainment information in Banderas Bay the Tribune is launching a new FREE calendar to be published here each week and online. It’s in its infancy, so bear with us as we gather event details to ensure it becomes the most comprehensive list possible. If you have an event (now or in the future) you’d like to include – please add it here. Bonus: these events are also emailed to our readership each week. With a little effort from local businesses and ourselves, we should be able to create this much-requested service in the coming weeks.