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.
|December 5, International Volunteer Day |
ARCHELON has been accepting volunteers from all around the world with different interests, ages, nationalities and habits for 30 years now. Throughout 2013, in total 461 volunteers participated in ARCHELON’s field projects and offered 15.205 days of volunteer work for the protection of sea turtles and their nests.
|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.
|3,600 Loggerhead hatchlings from Koroni swim in the Mediterranean|
It has been estimated that almost 3,600 baby loggerhead turtles were helped to reach the sea by the 20 volunteers who participated in the project. Coming from all over the world (Greece, America – USA, Australia, Korea, England, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, Romania and Austria) they devoted their energy and time to protect the area’s sea turtles protecting thus Koroni’s and Messinia’s natural wealth!