Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON,
the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect
the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring
and research, developing and implementing management plans,
habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating
sick and injured turtles.
|Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events during the month of January and February 2014.
|ANEK LINES supports our movement to Western Crete again in 2014. |
As part of its sponsoring program, ANEK LINES has offered again this year a ticket discount to our society, thus creating favorable conditions of transportation for our executives during the programs of Archelon in Western Crete.
|Turtling and TESOLing: Educating and building awareness about environmental issues|
At this year’s Convention, over 500 TG members had the opportunity to visit with ARCHELON volunteers Melissa Foley, Jane Mantarakis, Joanne Stournara, and Luc Glodt, who shared information about ARCHELON, encouraged people to adopt sea turtles, and invited educators to visit the Rescue Centre in Glyfada or online.
|SEA TURTLES OF KYPARISSIA BAY: THEIR GENETIC IDENTITY REVEALED |
New genetic markers have been used to identify the genetic profile of sea turtles nesting in Kyparissia Bay, western Greece.
|ARCHELON’s EVS team.|
ARCHELON hosted three more EVS volunteers the last six months Tuuli from Estonia, Martina from Sweden and Benjamin from Luxembourg. They were actually an incredible team and helped a lot the injured sea turtles at the Rescue Center.
|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!