As the annual Taola (Capeverdean Sea Turtle Network) meeting in Praia gets underway, news also reached us about the first nest of the 2012 season.
It was laid in Ervatão a beach in Boa Vista on the 25th May. Although nests in May are not completely unheard of, it is pretty early. We weren't really expecting to see any tracks until the second week of June!
So we have quickly got ourselves organised and started day time patrols to look for tracks and on Thursday the main hatchery will be built. Usually we would have some Rangers here already to help but in all three previous years the turtles haven't turned up until after we have been patrolling for what seems like weeks! Naturally the year we decide to start working a little later, the turtles get here earlier!
The first Rangers arrive at the end of the this week, so we should soon be up and running.