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Casquito de Vallarta, Newly Discovered Species of Turtle

JALISCO .- "Casquito de Vallarta" is very vulnerable to disappear due to the urban growth of Puerto Vallarta, since its distribution is reduced. The body, which barely goes beyond the palm of a hand, abandons its inert state. It recognizes its habitat in a stream in Puerto Vallarta, where it begins to walk among the leaf litter,…
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Alaska Airlines Introduces New Rules

As of May 1st, Alaska Airlines is imposing some new rules governing your taking your support animals with you in the cabin. These new policies are being initiated worldwide as a result of numerous incidents of airline employees and some customers being bitten, both on-board the aircraft and in the terminals. Starting May 1, customers…
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The Hummingbirds Are Coming

Hummingbird Migration Content for this article is courtesy of HummingbirdCentral.com Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring. The first arrivals in spring are…
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Isla Isabel, a Natural Sanctuary

Isla Isabel, a natural sanctuary March 15, 2018   Isla Isabel is a nature sanctuary in Nayarit located in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla about 70 kilometers off the coast of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit. Its subaquatic volcanic origin was believed to have taken place some three thousand years ago.…
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MEXI-CAN Vet Project and JBAR Complete Another Clinic

Another joint clinic with the JBAR association and the MEXI-CAN Vet Project is completed. During the past almost 15 year tenure of JBAR, there have been 27 spay and neuter clinics. There have been 7,375 animals neutered. Can you even imagine how many stray animals we would be dealing in our area if JBAR and other clinics were not…
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A Memorable Wednesday and Week at J.E.E.P.

George and Loretta hosted another great Wednesday outing for the special needs children, this time, from Las Varas. Complete with a lunch made by Loretta and lots of time riding the rescue horses and playing with the other rescue animals (cats and dogs) at the refugio. This has become a Wednesday tradition for these very appreciative…
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Monarch Butterflies In Mexico

Monarch Butterflies in Mexico Every autumn, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena can be observed in the forested mountains west of Mexico City: wintering Monarch Butterflies. Learn about these marvelous insects, their 3,000 mile journey from the U.S. and Canada, and how you can experience and be witness to the presence…
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Galapagos of North America

This area, that just earned the designation of a national park, and is already being referred to as the Galpagos of North America, and consists of over 57,000 square miles (148,000 square km). All fishing will be prohibited as well as construction of any hotels on any of the four islands included in the area. This protection will be…
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Exotic Fruits of Mexico - Part 2

Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit) Pitahaya is a fist-sized flaming pink or green fruit that grows on a cactus native to the Sonoran desert in Mexico. A ripe pitahaya has a strong flavor and a kiwi-like texture. In Mexico I’ve always seen some that are white inside, but in Guatemala they can be purple and much stronger. Unfortunately pitahaya…

The Vaquitas May Be Doomed For Extinction

The rescue efforts to save the tiny Vaquita porpoise from extinction have been terminated by Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The few Vaquita that were captured did not survive, so the efforts were abandoned with the estimated number still surviving in the Gulf of California, it's only habitat, at approximately…
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Exotic Fruits of Mexico

This list of exotic fruits and the short description of each fruit, along with photos so that you will know what you are looking at while shopping in the markets, will get you started.  I will add to this list during subsequent issues, with the latest fruits highlighted at the top of the list. Note:  When asking for these…
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Efforts To Restore the Vaquita Porpoise Population Continues

The ever-smiling Vaquita porpoises really have nothing to smile about. Their habitat, which is solely in the Gulf of California, has been over fished by local fishermen who catch the Vaquita by mistake in their nets. Their estimated population has declined to between 30 and 40 porpoises.  Now with the assistance from the U.S. Navy…
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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

Having a loyal pup... in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner…
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Mexico Produces More Avocados Than Anywhere Else In the World

There are 57 countries that produce avocados, but Mexico is by far the largest producer with its production growing at a rate of about 5% per year. Mexico accounts for about 45% of the world's annual production. The most recent figures indicate that Mexico produced over 14 million tonnes in 2014, followed by the Dominican Republic and…
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The Riviera Nayarit: A Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Approximately one million hatchlings are released every season in the 13 different turtle camps located all along the five coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit.  The Riviera Nayarit is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary with turtle camps located in Nuevo Vallarta, Carreyeros, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Punta Raza, El Naranjo, Boca de…

In Bloom: Clavellina (Shaving Brush Tree)

While driving through the residential zone in Rincón de Guayabitos on May 13th, I was surprised to see a Shaving Brush Tree tree prominently displaying these large cotton-like puffs. The bright pink flowers had already bloomed and fallen off, and the puffs seemed to have taken their place.   Upon closer inspection, the cotton…
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I Wanna Be An Iguana

This is Iggy, our resident iguana, making whoopee on the roof after jumping down from one roof, running across the fence top and then making a flying leap on to the other roof. I just got this closeup shot from Condos Casa Rey, where we stay in Los Ayala.tutorial android What a surprise when I went to take his picture –…

In Season: Cuastecomate (Calabash Tree) / Fruit Used to Make Huichol Maracas

I have always been enamored by the native Huichol Indian artwork sold here in Nayarit, Mexico – from the intricately beaded jewelry and masks, to the colorful yawn paintings. I have purchased several pieces over the years and display them throughout our home. Many years ago, I met a lovely old Huichol woman who was selling handmade…
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Watch and Download Full Movie Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) HDDirector:Elizabeth Banks.Writer:Kay Cannon.Producer:Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Paul Brooks.Release:May 7, 2015Country:United States of America.Production Company:Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films, Brownstone Productions.Language:English.Runtime:115 minGenre:Comedy, Music.Movie 'Pitch Perfect 2' was released…
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Blue-Footed Booby in La Peñita

I came across this little guy on the beach in La Peñita. I was on the beach just north of the malecón, but not quite to the estuary. It was about 10am on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He was standing there all by himself. by Kiva Aditi (Tucson, Arizona?) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now…
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Hungry Pelicans

This photo was taken early one morning on the Los Ayala beach, after the fishermen came in with their loaded boats. by Robert Koch (Seattle, Washington) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it's your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description…
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Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

So far removed from what we call “home” during the winter months, we often wonder what natural wonders you folks that live there in Mexico year round have the good fortune to enjoy during the rainy season. Surely someone must have some photographs to share! This week here in Cobourg, Ontario, we photographed the Ebony Jewelwing.…
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Breaching Humpback Whale

Guests on the Gilligan's Island Party Cruise, a fundraiser for the streets of Los Ayala, were treated to the spectacular site of breaching Humpback whales. Yes, you should've been there!Photographed off the coast of Chacala, February 2012.by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…
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Hummingbirds in My El Tonino Garden

One of the great enjoyments of my winters in the Jaltemba Bay area are the many species of hummingbirds that come to the feeders hanging in our yard in El Tonino. This little male Calliope Hummingbird (above) is just one of them. At only 3¼-inch long, it definitely falls into the "little" category! The Ruby-throated and Cinnamon…

In Bloom: Lluvia de Oro (Golden Shower Tree)

Up until last week, I had only heard rumors about the infamous Lluvia de Oro tree. While driving from La Peñita to Rincón de Guayabitos, I noticed three bright yellow trees on the west side of the highway. Knowing that the Primavera trees were finished blooming, I suspected I might be in luck. Lluvia de Oro, also known as…
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Black Vulture

While Black Vultures are not the most attractive birds in the Jaltemba Bay area, they do serve a necessary function - that of disposing of dead and rotting flesh (yuck!) and are basically the garbage guts of the earth. Appropriately, I took this photo at the landfill in Rincón de Guayabitos. The landfill and surrounding area is a…
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In Season: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)

Nopal cactus are members of the Opuntia genus from the Cactaceae family, and are commonly known as the Prickly Pear cactus. There are dozens of varieties and well over 200 species. They grow throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States and are known for their nutritional and medicinal properties. It is interesting to note…

Flying Manta Rays

Earlier this season, a group of us set out on a day trip to the secret beach at the Marieta Islands. We hired Salvador in Rincón de Guayabitos to take us. While en route to the islands, we did some whale watching until the captain spotted some splashing going on. We headed that way to explore and got a chance…

Iguanas, Come on Down!

I was motivated to write this follow-up article after reading “The Almost Invisible Iguana” by Conrad Stenton from Midland Ontario in last week’s Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter. Having observed the iguanas close up for a few years, we have learned a few interesting facts about them. Yes, they are almost invisible to the untrained…
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The Almost Invisible Iguana

While looking for the crocodile in the marshy area near the entrance to Rincón de Guayabitos, I was fascinated to find some very camouflaged iguanas. It was my first time seeing iguanas in the wild and I was amazed at how difficult they are to see with their camouflage outfits. Someone told me they are often on the top of…

Crocodiles up Close at "Cocodrilos del Nayar" near La Peñita

Crocodiles are not only native to Mexico, they are prolific along the Nayarit coast including the fishing villages of Rincon de Guayabitos, La Peñita and La Colonia. Here, crocodiles thrive in the warm and balmy climate eating the tropical plants and sea-life that inhabit the fresh or salt water marshes along the inland waterways. According…

Quirks of Nature

In addition to photographing birds, this year we became intrigued with the large numbers of butterflies and to date have photographed and identified more than fifty species. Their colours and flight patterns are mesmerizing. Some of these small delicate butterflies are merely two inches long and their erratic flight presents a huge challenge…
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10th International Migratory Bird Festival in San Blas

The 10th Annual International Migratory Bird Festival will take place from January 26 through February 2 in San Blas. The Riviera Nayarit is at the top of the list for birdwatchers around the world. According to the Board of the International Migratory Bird Festival of Nayarit (Pafiam), the region is home to 546 species of birds, 428…
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Real Mexican Vanilla

The unseasonably rainy days have given me time to complete some research on vanilla that I started some time ago. I explored vanilla and its many uses as well as some authenticity issues. I have provided some links for those who are interested in learning more. I’m sure you’ll agree, it is a very “delicate” subject. The vanilla…

Discovery Channel Promotes Birding Adventures in Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off the New Year with a world-class promotion. On January 1st and 8th, the very international Discovery Channel will air two programs on birdwatching filmed on Isabel Island, declared a Mexican National Park in 1980. At precisely 7am on New Year’s Day, the second episode of Destination America consisting…

Hiking in the Nayarit Jungle amongst Naranjilla, Cacao and Flor de Jamaica

You never know what you'll discover when hiking through the jungles of Nayarit, Mexico. On this particular day, we decided to explore the towns of El Monteón and Punta Raza (by we, I am referring to my husband David and I). We were curious to see what was happening at the new Punta Raza development. The entire property was fenced off…

In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)

Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peñita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia. The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below... Poinsettias…

San Blas is Latin America’s Birdwatching Paradise

The port of San Blas was founded in the year 1768 by decree of King Charles III, crowned head of Spain. This year, this small town located just 2 hours and a half from Nuevo Vallarta (and just 90 minutes from Rincón de Guayabitos), will celebrate its 245th year. San Blas and its environs are well known for the amazing concentration…

The Humpbacks are Back!

Every year, the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) choose the Riviera Nayarit for a little R&R. They generally arrive towards the end of October, led by the “explorer,” a mature male that appears a few weeks before the rest of the pod to scope out the area, emitting a series of complex sounds that can be heard by the other…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill Returns to Guayabitos

"Jaltemba," the juvenile Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued in April 2012, made her way back to the Bay of Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos this past Thursday, September 12, 2013. A fisherman happened to catch Jaltemba in his net just off Isla Coral. He immediately noticed the tracking device and contacted Vicente Peña from Red…
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Clavellina: Nicknamed "Shaving Brush Tree" for Obvious Reasons

The Shaving Brush tree is native to southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It is one of the first trees to bloom in Jaltemba Bay early February and March. This deciduous tree with succulent stems is a member of the Hibiscus family (formerly BomBax family) and is called Clavellina in Spanish. The blooms of the Shaving Brush…

The Exotic Tejon (Coatimundi)

It was a Sunday morning of BEAUTY. I picked up my good friend and headed to the Flamingos Resort in Bucerias. We were joining more friends for a lovely Champagne Brunch at El Tigre. I drove around the corner, and there standing by the side of the road was a TEJON. We call them Coatimundis (pronounced ko-WAH-ti-MUN-dees). I stopped the…
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Profile of a White Egret

This White Egret was photographed on Playa Los Ayala on a perfectly sunny day, with beautiful front lighting. I followed this egret along the beach and hung around for about an hour until it was comfortable with me and my camera in close proximity. by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…

In Bloom: Amapa Trees

Amapa trees are only in full bloom for a few weeks between mid-March to mid-April. If you are in the Jaltemba Bay area during this time, one of the best places to view these trees is near the tennis courts on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos. There are approximately a dozen trees lining the street and tennis courts,…

La Peñita Egret Rookery in Mating Season

In early spring, we look forward to being entertained by the Great Egret during mating season. No need to reserve tickets - we just show up and wait. The rookery is located at the edge of the mangrove swamp beyond the La Peñita RV Park. At sunrise, we walked to the egret colony, about a two-kilometer hike, and staked out the area…

In Bloom: Primavera Tree

Primavera (pronounced pree-muh-VEHR-uh) means spring in Spanish, and you know primavera has finally arrived when the vibrant yellow flowering trees by the same name start to bloom. These large showy trees have impressive clusters of flowers that mask their bare branches and create a sea of brilliant yellow against the sky. A great…

Oh to be in Jaltemba Bay... now that spring is here!

With the arrival of spring, nature is coming to life. Birds are starting to mate, and we have noted changes in the usual song patterns of some species. They are also vying for “squatters’ rights,” and we are hearing some pretty lively “discussions.” We see rivals laying claim to their territory - but not without a fight. There…

In Season: Mamey

Now selling from a wheelbarrow near you… For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to encounter a vendor selling mamey out of his wheelbarrow. Last year I met him on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, and this year, on the Avenida in La Peñita. With my limited Spanish, I asked him if these were a local fruit and he informed…

In Bloom: Springtime Blossoms

Ahhh, springtime... when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, we'd like to share a few stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers with springtime blossoms in the Nayarit area.   Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree) The fragrant flowers…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 2)

I soon learn that this bird watching adventure includes climbing over, or through several barbed wire fences. Rather, Bea has perfected the art of rolling under barbed wire fences, with grace. Ken gets through any way possible, and I try vainly to follow Bea’s lead. Soon we spot several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and indeed these…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 1)

The other day, I had a really interesting experience, and met two extremely interesting and kind souls... Resulting in this story and a suggestion for a day trip from Los Ayala to... The Gravel Pit in La Peñita - Why? - For Bird-Watching of Course! Ken and Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay’s renowned bird photographers invited me to accompany…
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Lunch

The photo of the Great Blue Heron having his "lunch" was taken on the estuary just below our casita rooftop. About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004,…
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Butterfly in Our Garden

I love to sit on our patio and enjoy my morning coffee as the sun peeks over the jungle-covered hills behind our home in Los Ayala. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and butterflies flitting around our garden, alighting on the flowers and then zooming away. This beautiful orange butterfly lingered in our garden the other day, giving me…

In Season: Passionflower and Fruit

Passionflowers are amazing to look at, and as the above photo shows, they are accompanied by a green immature fruit and a "it's ripe when wrinkled" fruit when in season. The loveliness of the flowers with their heady perfume is one reason to have these climbing plants in your yard, but when you open up a fruit, the delectably scented…
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Releasing Sea Turtles in Rincón de Guayabitos is an Experience of a Lifetime

I will never forget the first time I released a baby sea turtle. It was magical. It was back in October 2004, and we had just moved into our newly remodeled home in Rincón de Guayabitos a few weeks earlier. We had finished dinner and as we were about to leave the restaurant, the owner whom we had known for many years, showed us a styrofoam…
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Hummingbirds Take Final Sips as Sun Sets into Jaltemba Bay

Combining my favourite view of Jaltemba Bay (which happens to be from my front deck in El Tonino) with photographing my favourite bird, has given me this unexpected though welcome photograph, taken on November 28, 2012. Lately, the days have been fairly hazy, which has resulted in sunsets that just fade away without much colour to them,…

Whale Watching Season Starts December 3rd

Riviera Nayarit attracts hundreds of Humpback Whales along the entire coast of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure every year, including Jaltemba Bay. The annual whale migration from the cold waters of Alaska brings them as far down as the coasts of Riviera Nayarit where they procreate and raise their young in the warm waters of Banderas Bay.…
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Now That's a Lime!

After the rainy season ends, our yard always looks like someone had gone crazy with weed seeds and fertilizer, and this year was no exception. We had to use a machete to find our lime tree amongst the 10-foot tall, orange-flowered weeds that had taken over the yard again. No surprise there. What did surprise us this fall was the incredible…

Pineapples - A Major Crop in Mexico

One of our favourite hikes is to the pineapple plantations in the valley east of Highway 200. It was faster when we used to bike but, since Bea fell off her bike and broke her wrist we have taken to “hoofing it.” But slowing down gives us a chance to discover many butterflies, birds and flowers we would otherwise miss. Depending on…

Jaltemba Bay Hummingbirds - My Photo Journal

I always look forward to seeing which of the numerous species of hummingbirds I will spot first once we return to Jaltemba Bay each fall. When we arrived last week it was already dark, but the very next morning I spotted a Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) pecking at the red tail light on our truck! Needless to say my first…
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Plaga in My Garden

If you have this in your garden, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. As far as I know, it is called PLAGA. It came into my garden in La Peñita from a local nursery. Within 5 days of re-planting over 15 pots of a 40 pot project with salvia the little blue flower, I walked out to find those 15 COVERED WITH THIS STRINGY YELLOW ANGEL HAIR PARASITE. My new…
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Magical Monarchs in Mexico

While my journey south to Mexico every fall terminates at Jaltemba Bay, Monarch butterflies migrate further into the mountainous interior of Mexico. During this trip they make numerous refueling stops, of which our yard is apparently one. I took a photo of this Monarch last fall during a brief pit stop it made at our place near El Tonino,…

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay

Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice that should be religiously…

My Lime Trees Give Me More Than Fruit

Every time I return to Jaltemba Bay, the first thing I like to indulge in is... an ice-cold limonada. This thirst quenching bebida (beverage) is simply made; lots of ice, a spoonful of sugar, your choice of mineral or natural water, and the juice of several freshly squeezed limes. Aaah... to me, this is the flavour that is Mexico. No,…

Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons

The Great Egrets in their La Peñita rookery provided us many hours of entertainment several mornings in April. Photos were not easy to take (sitting on a tree branch is not very comfy). Getting the right exposure for the white birds is always a challenge. During their courting, breeding, and nesting season, the egrets display beautiful…
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What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of the…

Loving Nature in Two Countries

I am a self-professed nature nut in the two countries I call home, Canada and Mexico. The passion I have for flora and fauna that shows up in my many photographs and watercolours, must have begun during my early Canadian childhood as I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have this love for nature. My mom must have secretly despaired…
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Surviving the Summer in Jaltemba Bay - The Rewards & Challenges

For me, the rainy season brings both rewards and challenges, some of which I shall recount here... You be the Judge and decide which is which. Let's begin with the glorious greening of the surrounding countryside, the cooling off effect of the rains (as temporary as that is), and the re-emergence of a number of unusual critters. Speaking…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow…
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Mound of Mud in a Gringo Tree

When my husband and I have friends up to our casa near El Tonino for the first time, after admiring the view, the first two questions they inevitably ask are, “why is that pile of mud in a tree” and “what kind of tree is that?” The answers are simple, but each one has a story attached. The answer to the first question…

In Season: Ciruelas (Mexican Plums)

Updated June 1, 2014 – Ciruelas, or Mexican plums, are abundant during the month of June. If you drive through any of the towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, you will likely notice small bare trees with smooth and shiny egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. You can typically find green, yellow, red and purple…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill: One Month after Her Rescue

Jaltemba, the juvenile Hawksbill turtle, has certainly caught the attention of residents and tourists in the Jaltemba Bay area since becoming caught on a fishing line a month ago. (Note: I refer to Jaltemba as female here, however we do not know what sex the turtle is.) In the last update on Jaltemba, we had just received the permits…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 2)

Updated May 6, 2014 - After posting In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1), I discovered this gorgeous, albeit very dusty, bright pink Plumeria (shown above) in the hills of La Peñita. It is one of the tallest varieties I have seen, measuring at approximately 12-14 feet tall. I spotted these two beauties (shown above) while on a tour of…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1)

Updated May 6, 2014 - Plumera, also known as Frangipani and Flor de Mayo, is native to Mexico. In the Jaltemba Bay area, they bloom in the spring and their beautiful fragrant flowers range from white and yellow to pink. They are deciduous plants so they drop their leaves in the fall and winter months. If you see a Plumeria during the…
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Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle Rescued Off Shore in Rincón de Guayabitos

On Monday, April 30 divers rescued a juvenile Hawksbill turtle off the Bay of Jaltemba. Because "Jaltemba" has a hook embedded deep in her throat, Vicente Peña from Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit and M. en C. Catherine Hart from Red Tortuguera A.C. had to get permission to transport her to Guasave, Sinaloa for treatment at the CIIDIR-IPN…
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Beetles are Killing the Palm Trees in Jaltemba Bay

For anyone who has palm trees on your property, you need to know that they are all in danger of infestation from the Picudo Prieto or Mayate Prieto (Black Palm Weevil). For the past few weeks, Sarah Walker and I have been been researching information about this destructive beetle which recently killed two large Bismark Palms on Thomas…
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Iridescent Bug in My Garden

This lovely, large (about 1.5 inches long) and iridescent bug caught my eye as it quickly flew into one of my flowers several weeks ago. It was moving about quite erratically and I only managed to snap this one photo of it. If you think you may know what it is, please post below.
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All Palms are in Danger

I am writing this to all of you who have palm trees on your property and especially the blue fan palm known as the "Bismark Palm". Many of you have been on Thomas Bartlett's property and have been impressed with the most beautiful Bismarck Blue Palm, and hundreds of you have had your pictures taken in front of it over the past 6 years.…

In Bloom: Primavera and Amapa Trees

Primavera The Primavera tree of the genus Tabebuia is also called Ipe or Trumpet tree and blossoms shortly after the pink Amapa tree (see below). Both are such gorgeous harbingers of spring it's hard to decide which I like more. This yellow specimen is in front of the Vivero Villanueva beside the La Colonia Pemex gas station. The 3 to…
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Magpie Jay

These loud and raucous birds have lately been coming to my casa for treats almost every morning and some evenings too! One or two of them will whistle to get our attention... then call in their compadres once the treat has been tossed out for them. Their sometimes whimsical flight pattern is to me enhanced by their long tail feathers;…
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Spring Lilies

As I was packing up my things to move out of the park, I took a minute to photograph these flowers to share with you. I have had this plant for a few years and it only blooms in the spring. by Lyle Brown View more plants in bloom under the Flora & Fauna category. This story was submitted by one of our regular contributors.…

Orchid Farm Tour: Beautiful and Educational

The itinerary for this private Orchid Farm tour had our group of 12 people from Guayabitos gather in San Pancho where we met up with Nicole, the tour organizer at Entreamigos, a local community education center. She gave us an informative overview of their facilities (recycling and more!), then we boarded a van and headed back up the…

In Bloom: Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree)

Orchid Trees have fragrant flowers that come in shades of magenta, lavender and white with five irregular and slightly overlapping petals that bloom abundantly from February-March. While the flowers resemble orchids, the Arbol de las Orquideas (genus Bauhinia) is not actually part of the orchid family, but rather from the pea/bean…
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Fun with Pelicans

Brown Pelican landing on Los Ayala Beach, with panache! I love trying to capture the grace, beauty, and often comical antics, of pelicans in action! Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala.

In Bloom: Llamarada

A few weeks ago, we packed up the pups and went on a short day trip. Towards the end of our excursion, we decided to explore the road to Loma Alta just south of Las Varas. We drove for nearly 20 minutes, but the rough and very narrow road didn’t seem to be headed anywhere anytime soon so we turned around. On the way back to the…

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story

On December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat “Poca Madre” with his son Jaimillo and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga “Freedom” with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in his boat “Makaira”…
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Afternoon Siesta: Iguana-Style

I had yet to capture a great shot of a Green Iguana on camera… until now. I spotted this little guy sunning himself in our courtyard earlier today. Lucky for him, the pups didn’t see him. And lucky for me, he waited while I ran upstairs to grab my camera. Here is another shot after he woke up… …
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Monster in the Zona

One afternoon in June when David and I were driving through the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, we spotted an enormous male Green Iguana sunning himself along Flamingos. This big boy was the largest Iguana we had seen up close and personal in a long time. He must have measured in at a good 4-5 feet long including his tail. We have seen…
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Smiling Green Iguana

Photo by Christina Stobbs. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …
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Whimbrel

The Whimbrel is a member of the Curlew family. It is primarily a coastal species found on marshes, beaches and rocky shores, often in flocks, but it forages singly. It feeds more by picking, less by probing, than other Curlews. Photo taken on the beach in Guayabitos back in 2008 by Roger Williams. Roger happens to be Allyson’s…
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In Season: Mango Madness / Mango Salsa

Mangoes are plentiful during the summer months. Just drive down the street and you can’t help but notice that the mango tree limbs are literally weighed down to the ground with hundreds, if not thousands, of this incredibly sweet and delectable fruit. You will find many different varieties at every mercado, fruteria and minisuper…
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Anhinga Reflection

Photo by Bea Rauch. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …

In Bloom: Tabachín

It’s nearly impossible not to notice the absolutely gorgeous brilliant reddish-orange flowers of the Tabachín trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area. The flowers start to bloom near the end of May and have five petals, one of which has distinctive white and yellow markings. The Tabachín is also known…
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Peek-a-Boo

Photo of a shy baby green iguana peeking over the edge of a roof top. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …

In Season: Pitaya

On the afternoon of May 4, while David and I were driving through La Peñita, we noticed a woman sitting on the corner of main street with a table overflowing with Guamúchil (which I featured last week–click here to read the article). I asked David to stop the car so I could take some more photos. On the side of her table sat a medium…

MOBDRO: A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR STREAMING VIDEO

Between tedious configurations as well as connection difficulties, its uncommon that a streaming application is impressive after launch. For Mobdro its a suitable sneak peek, as the exhilaration does not stop there. Accumulating hundreds of the globes totally free video clip streams into a single application, Mobdro is robust yet simple…
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Hummingbird Heaven

This photo features the honeysuckle at Bungalows Las Gaviotas, Guayabitos. Kuno and his wife Judy stayed next door at the Anai and spent many hours watching the hummingbirds feast. Photo by Kuno Jensen. …
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In Bloom: Shaving Brush Tree

The “Shaving Brush Tree” is native to Mexico and a large deciduous tree which is coveted for its unique brush-like flowers which bloom just once a year, usually in February or March. The leaves are also very unique. by Christina Stobbs (originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala) View more plants in…