|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 18th April-17th May 2013.
|22 May 2013: International Day for Biological Diversity - "Water and biodiversity"|
“Water is not only of vital importance for all forms of life, and thus for the protection of the environment; its availability in sufficient quantity and quality is also a prerequisite for the development of human societies. It is thus at the heart of the concept of sustainable development, which brings together two fundamental aspects of society: the need to protect the environment and the need to improve people¢s living conditions
|The Field Leaders who will try to protect 2500 Caretta Caretta nests this summer were trained|
The Field Leaders¢ Training Seminar, each year, marks the beginning of the operating period of the ARCHELON Field programs.
During the past year, 422 volunteers coming from 28 different countries, based at the 7 Research Field Stations, which have been organized by ARCHELON, managed to protect 1.525 nests, thus helping 95.624 hatchlings reach the sea safely!
|Painting red eggs for Greek Orthodox Easter|
It is a tradition in Greece the Thursday before Easter to paint boiled eggs with red color
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 5th March - 17 April 2013.
|Âecome an ARCHELON volunteer. You will certainly not regret it!|
Ôhe experience here has been amazing! It is a real hands-on experience with the turtles. I have been able to work in all the aspects of sea turtle rehabilitation, including administering the required medication, treating the injuries, learning how to take biometric data, and observing turtle¢s behavior.
|Volunteers and Young Researchers – Working Together for a Better Future|
The students of Latsio Elementary School, as well as other student groups, who visit the Rescue Center, commit to sharing what they have learned within their respective school communities and often plan additional activities, events, exhibits to help build awareness for protecting sea turtles and their beaches. The young researchers participating on Saturday once again demonstrated how ARCHELON Rescue Center can provide worthwhile opportunities to support schools and teachers as they educate about environmental issues.
|An Art auction supports ARCHELON¢s efforts|
Our friends, Simone and Eckhard Kurth, who own the Art Gallery “Fine Arts” in Germany, have decided to auction the painting called "Happy Turtle" to support us.
The painting is called "Happy Turtle" and is the reason and the inspiration for the idea to start an internet auction for ARCHELON.
|We support Greenpeace campaign with our 660 fishing boats|
ARCHELON helped by informing students who visited the Rescue Center in March about Greenpeace¢s campaign. Each student signed a paper fishing boat and thus a 660 paper fleet was created which was handed over to Arctic Sunrise ship when it docked the marina of Flisvos on 6-8 April.
|Protecting the habitat of great significance "Thines Kyparissias" (Natura 2000 – GR 2550005)... by ploughing the dunes! |
The southern Kyparissia Bay has an increased ecological value due to the fact that it constitutes the second most important nesting area of the Caretta Carreta turtle in the Mediterranean Sea, an endangered species according to the 92/43/EOK directive, in need of strict protection (annexes II and IV of the same directive). The value of the section in question is also enhanced by the presence of an extensive dune ecosystem (included in the first annex of the aforementioned directive).
The latest habitat¢s downgrading incident occurred during the first days of April. Under the command of the company that is the proprietor of large coastal area between the villages of Agiannakis and Elaia, the protected dunes were ploughed resulting in the deforestation of the dune flora!!
|“Visiting” the Rescue Centre using Video Call (Skype)|
The students of Amaliada School adopted a sea turtle and really wanted to see its treatment. The distance between us was united by audiovisual communication via Skype. This way, the students were digitally “guided” through the area of Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, viewed the work of ARCHELON¢s volunteers and chatted with the Association¢s representatives.
| ARCHELON in the 34th Annual International Convention of TESOL Greece|
On March 30 and 31, ARCHELON volunteers Jane Mantarakis and Joanne Stournara participated in the 34th Annual International Convention of TESOL Greece held at the Hellenic American Union in Athens At this event ARCHELON¢s exhibit was well-received.
|Negative indices do not discourage our efforts|
The Rescue Network, as an activity of the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre recorded in 2012 the highest number of dead turtles since the start of its operation. 584 turtles from Greece were reported dead and stranded. Most deaths were reported during the months of May and June in Eastern Macedonia, Western Greece and the Ionian islands. Unfortunately, half of the injured that were transferred to our Centre for treatment were seriously injured on the head by the “human hand”.
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 12th February and 4th March 2013.
|REFLECTIONS ON THE 33rd ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SEA TURTLES|
I just came back to Greece after attending the 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation that took place in Baltimore, USA, from 2 to 8 February 2013. The Symposium is organized by the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS), and this year it was devoted to CONNECTIONS. Since I started working in conservation, I always gave a great deal about the human factor as we always work within communities. Whether we work with volunteers, local fisherman or school children we must get them involved. In order to find solutions connecting together is the only way to go.
|ARCHELON¢s New Year "Vasilopita" cutting|
This year we gathered, once again, on Wednesday, January 23rd, at the cosy loft of Pataki Publications¢ bookshop and kept the custom. Our member, Marianna Demetriou, found the lucky coin and thereby acquired a painting of the Finnish artist and volunteer of ARCHELON in Zakynthos island, Katarina Bjorkqvist, who has also designed the postcards of our Association.
|The determination to survive...|
“... the determination of these animals to survive and live ¡normally¢ despite the injuries they have suffered to be an inspiring example for us in these difficult times we are all experiencing.”...
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 24th January - 11th February 2013