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The recruitment process for volunteering in ARCHELON's summer field projects for 2016 continues. Please read the General Information and the Participations Guides and then apply online.

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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.

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Zakynthos, hatchling season is well underway!
For ARCHELON, hatchling season is well underway with many baby Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) making their first journey to the sea. In Zakynthos, hundreds of hatchlings make it to sea each day where an estimated one to two in a thousand will survive to adulthood after which they return to Laganas Bay to nest.

Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (June 2016)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-30 June 2016.

Luc Hoffmann, the true guardian of nature, will be missed in Greece
We were very much saddened with the news of the loss of Dr. Luc Hoffmann, honorary vice-president of WWF International. His contribution in promoting nature conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region has been instrumental.

The first hatchlings of Zakynthos on Sekania beach
On the evening of July 17 2016, 13 hatchlings began their dangerous first journey, from their nest to the sea. This was realized on finding their tracks in the sand-a pleasant surprise to the research team of ARCHELON and the NMPZ Management Agency.

Our excitement is doubled for the Peloponnese, as hatchlings emerge in Kyparissiakos Bay as well as Koroni
During the night of 12th July, 2016 the first hatchlings of Peloponnese came out of their nests, in Kyparissia and Koroni, and started their journey towards the sea!

«Jasmin» the Caretta-Caretta was released in Zakynthos
More than 300 guests and even representatives of the Municipal Authority of the island had the chance to admire the return of a wild animal in its natural habitat.

As of today, the first hatchlings of 2016 will be swimming in the Cretan waters
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece and its team of volunteers in Rethymno city
is pleased to announce the arrival of the first hatchlings, which this year "have chosen" Crete as a starting point of the hatching period. Traces of the first hatchlings were found on Wednesday morning, July 13th, in the area of Adele Rethymnon.

Celebrating 1000 nests with the release of "Jasmin" in Zakynthos
On 12th July a special event takes place at Crystal Beach in Kalamaki, Zakynthos: “Jasmin”, a female Caretta Caretta sea turtle, that had been found injured, is released back into the wild.

Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (May 2016)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-31 May 2016.

Over 1.000 Caretta caretta nests in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay!
On the 28th of June the number of nests surpassed the 1.000 mark for 2016 in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay. During the last years, ARCHELON’s efforts for the protection of the sea turtles have borne fruit by increasing the number of Caretta caretta nests.

Small steps towards a better future for the sea turtle on Crete
In view of the increased business activity during the summer months, ARCHELON volunteers from all around the globe and the local authorities all join the alliance to promote sustainable use of the nesting beaches.

Protecting the sea turtles of Koroni once more
During the first morning survey on the 7th of June, the first nests of Caretta caretta were identified in Zaga-Memi beach by the volunteers, who applied protective measures around the nest in order to protect it from potential predators (e.g. dogs) and because of its proximity to an area of organised touristic uses (umbrellas, sunbeds).

Why become a member of the Rescue Network?
Only in 2016, in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center we have received 20 injured turtles from various areas of Greece. The National ARCHELON Rescue Network, which is staffed by ordinary citizens, Port staff, veterinarians, etc, undertakes the rescue of injured sea turtles. For their education “Rescue Volunteer” seminars are held every year.

International Turtle Day 2016 Celebration at ARCHELON
This year’s event surpassed our expectations from all previous years. The response from so many people was impressive. Their good mood, their touching and encouraging comments about ARCHELON’s work were the motivating force for us to continue in this difficult season.

City Contact supports ARCHELON
City Contact supports us again as a media sponsor by publishing articles about ARCHELON’s Rescue Center in Athens Guide for three consecutive issues and with references in their Helaklion Map and Chania-Rethymno Map about the sea turtle protection programs in Crete.
 
 

A letter to the volunteers
“Thank you” is not enough for all those people who work with ARCHELON. It is not enough even for people who support it through donations and any kind of volunteering. It is not enough for those who give their heart for this rare species making a favor in this country and on this island to visit each year and make people from around the world to gather on an island to protect its hatchlings.

Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (April 2016)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-30 April 2016.

How good does 2016 promise to be for sea turtles in Crete?
The beginning of the summer was followed by 2 more nests in Crete. On the nesting beach of Kommos, in the Bay of Messara, on Wednesday 1 June, and  on Thursday 2 June, on the Maleme nesting beach in the Gulf of Chania

A happy ending to “Artemis” story, the time has come for her release!
“Artemis” was seen swimming weak around Farmakonisi on 28 January 2016. She traveled to Athens with the help of AEGEAN two days later where she was diagnosed with a carapace injury and pneumonia. Today, after four months of treatment she is healthy and ready to return to sea!

Caretta caretta nesting in the Laconic Gulf has begun
On the morning of Monday, 30th May 2016 the first Caretta caretta nest was spotted in the Laconic Gulf. More specifically it is located on the beach of Valtaki.
 
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