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 between 18th – 31st May 2013.
|“Job Shadowing” in Sweden|
ARCHELON’s volunteer officer and EVS coordinator, Theoni Karkoulia, was in Sweden within Youth in Action’s “Job shadowing” program.
|AN UNFAIR DEATH|
The alarm signal came from sensitized citizens who noticed an immobilized turtle at the surface off Tsilivi beach in Zakynthos. The Coast Guard notified ARCHELON and its volunteers moved immediately to the spot. The turtle was dead wrapped in a mess of fishing lines which were caught in rocks at the bottom of the sea.
|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.
|First Nest of Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle in Crete|
On the World’s Turtle Day, the first Caretta Caretta nest was recorded in Crete, which is the third most important reproduction habitat of sea turtles in Greece. Every summer, turtles come to Cretan beaches to lay their eggs. So this year, on May the 23rd, ARCHELON’s volunteers recorded their first nest in the area of Pigianos Campos, in Rethymno Bay.
|Caretta Caretta nesting in Kyparissia Gulf has started|
At the dawn of Sunday, May the 19th, the volunteers of ARCHELON spotted the first Caretta Caretta nest in Kyparissia Gulf and specifically in the site between the settlements of Agiannaki and Elaia.
|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
|Sea Turtle nesting in Zakynthos has begun earlier than any previous year!|
The first Caretta caretta sea turtle nest of the season is always an important event because it shows their "patriotism" and loyalty for the areas in which they were born and also choose for breeding.
|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.
|Βecome an ARCHELON volunteer. You will certainly not regret it!|
Τhe 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.