| ||Turtle-y Terrific Caretta Cakes!|
ARCHELON¢s efforts to protect the Loggerhead sea turtles habitats, nests, hatchlings and injured adults, relies heavily on the support of volunteers and donations, indeed they are vital! As an NGO, non-profit organisation, financial support directly feeds specific activities such as maintenance of the Rescue Centre, the upkeep of its shelled patients and equipment for all of the projects! So if you are thinking of fundraising ideas to raise awareness and perhaps some donations for ARCHELON, why not something simple like a cake sale?
| ||My Archelon Experience|
During my Archelon experience, I attended, in total, five projects for a period of just over 4 months. I learned so much during that time and I am so happy that such an organisation exists. Finding a group of people that loves these animals as much as I do and are dedicated to giving up their time to save them humbles me to the highest degree.
| ||Successful year 2013 for the Zakynthos Project!|
We hope that the turtles, that have visited Zakynthos this summer, have a safe journey to their foraging areas and that our partners, volunteers and friends have a nice winter and a good start into 2014!
| ||Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in November and December 2013.
| ||TESOL¢s annual Christmas event|
ARCHELON participated in TESOL¢s annual Christmas event, held this year at Deree College on Sunday, 15 December 2013. Georgia Koletou-Tsiliki , ARCHELON¢s Environmental Education Officer, and Jane Mantarakis, ARCHELON volunteer and TESOL Greece member, presented a brief overview about ARCHELON and its work.
| ||The International School of Zug & Luzern works with ARCHELON for Personal Development Week|
Although the amount of physical difference our efforts made is miniscule in relation to the size of the issue, we did make a small difference. Entanglements were removed from the sea. Hundreds of plastic bottles and items of trash will now not be eaten by turtles this year. Everyone on the trip was stuck by David White¢s statement ¡behind every piece of rubbish is a human face¢.
| ||Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 11 September and 31 October 2013.
| ||You may also help save a life... with a "gift" of only 20 euros!|
With ARCHELON¢s Adoption program, you may “symbolically” adopt a baby hatchling, only for 20 euros (instead of 30 euros) all through December 2013 and January 2014!!!
| ||Teachers¢ seminar, November 3rd, 2013|
On Sunday, November 3rd, a seminar for teachers was held at the ARCHELON Rescue Center, entitled “INCITEMENT - CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (CASE STUDIES)”.
The aim of the seminar was to highlight the alternative - creative approaches to environmental issues and to exchange our educational experiences. The presentation of applications in the classroom or the field was the best method for our teachers to introduce their method and make it more easily understood by the public and with which method the environmental issues can be approached.
| ||Dionysis: Finish line! For the turtles!|
Every few kilometers something is happening. People dancing, playing music, shouting and cheering. A bit further.
| ||Christina: Finishing the race is a huge relief|
Finishing the race is a huge relief and an incomparable pleasure once you arrive at a target for which you have been training many months in advance...
| ||Support ARCHELON¢s Marathon Runners!|
Dionysis and Christina are participating in the 31st Athens Classic Marathon, aiming at running the Marathon Course and at the same time to collect 2.800 euro for the repair of the system that provides with fresh sea water the sea turtles pools, at the ARCHELON¢s Rescue Center in Glyfada.
Make a significant contribution to their effort and help the treatment and rehabilitation of the endangered sea turtles
| ||..the best 5 weeks of my life!|
...I had met the most amazing and inspirational people, created so many special memories that I will cherish forever and made friends for life. It was easy to say that my 5 weeks at Archelon were by far the best 5 weeks of my life and gave me the best experience, but I will forever be an Archelon baby and I will definitely be returning next year!
| ||Messinia 2013 - 1st Mediterranean destination for Caretta!|
With «Ioanna»¢s return to the deep blue sea, ARCHELON celebrated the fact that Messinia was the 1st Mediterranean destination for Caretta Caretta during 2013¢s nesting season. The protected species¢ nests were more than 1,300 in the Southern Kyparissia Bay, and more specifically between Neda River and Kalo Nero village.
| ||Turtles have been arriving at the RC in near record numbers|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 26 July -11 September 2013 and sadly mentions that turtles have been arriving at the RC in near record numbers, bringing the current number of turtles being treated to 38. The volunteers are working very very hard to care for all the turtles, which is a demanding task
| ||Public nest excavations in Chania|
It was a unique experience for those who had the opportunity to attend the beach of Agia Marina in front of the “Akoition” Hotel in Chania on Thursday 29/8 in the afternoon.
With the support of the Chania Municipality, the ARCHELON volunteers performed a public excavation of a nest located in front of the hotel.
Amongst those who attended, were: the Deputy Mayor of Environment Manousos Lionakis, the Associate Consultant of Tourism Maria Kokkinaki, the Municipality General Secretary Gabriel Kouris and the Special Advisor of the Mayor Nektarios Zorbakos who all listened carefully and learned about the dangers sea turtles face in the area and also participated in discussions regarding methods that need to be applied in order to overcome these dangers in the future.