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After training, comes the action!

After training, comes the action!

This yearʼs Field Leader Training Seminar has been completed by ARCHELON with great success and the new season is ready to begin with volunteers and leaders prepared for action!
With the valuable help of Field Leaders and 470 volunteers in 2014, ARCHELON managed to monitor and protect the nesting beaches in Zakynthos, Kyparissiakos Bay and Neda, Koroni, Lakonikos Bay, Romanos, Rethymno, Chania and Messara Bay.
In these areas, 1.991 nests were protected, 632 adult turtles were observed and 129.517 hatchlings were saved and safely reached the sea!

Baby Monk Seal 'Andrianna' and our Volunteers

Baby Monk Seal 'Andrianna' and our Volunteers

There in the MOm First Aid Station trailer, was baby Adriana waiting for us. Never had I seen a baby seal in person and yet alone a Monk Seal so up close. It was absolutely overwhelming to see such an amazing creature with so much curiosity and the will to live greet us with her incredibly cute face.

Difficult year at the ARCHELON Rescue Center

Difficult year at the ARCHELON Rescue Center

2014 is the 20 year anniversary for the ARCHELON Rescue Center. It was created in 1994 in collaboration with the municipality of Glyfada. Since the opening of the Rescue center we have recorded over 5000 dead sea turtles along the coastline of Greece.
This year has been a difficult year. The ARCHELON National Rescue Network recorded 627 stranded turtles which is new record for the number of dead turtles

Dinosaurs are not extinct!

Dinosaurs are not extinct!

The sea turtle is a reptile just like dinosaurs. As of this moment, on planet Earth, alongside humans, lives a contemporary dinosaur species, a rare one at that, which managed to adapt successfully to geological and natural phenomena as well as climate change (the latter being the reason dinosaurs disappeared).

AND WHAT ABOUT THE LITTER INTO OUR SEA?

AND WHAT ABOUT THE LITTER INTO OUR SEA?

Humans have been impacting the environment so intensely during the last centuries that biologists now suggest that a sixth mass extinction may be under way, given the estimated extinction rate, elevated to more than a 1.000 times than the rate at pre-human time.

The importance of sand dunes

The importance of sand dunes

Sand dunes remind us of formations created in desert environments. In Greece, sand dunes are commonly found on the shorelines of many beaches. A dune is defined as a hill of sand with a specific geoform, built by either wind or water flow.

Biker Jean-Denis Schul in ARCHELON

Biker Jean-Denis Schul in ARCHELON

ARCHELON met Jean-Denis, a 27 year old Belgian traveller who, in September 2014, started a 10 month bicycle trip around Europe. He also become ARCHELON volunteer at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada for a month, (from 15th of February to the 15th of March 2015). Below you can find his story along with some answers to questions regarding his volunteering period in ARCHELCON.

The remarkably increased appearance of ARCHELON on the web

The remarkably increased appearance of ARCHELON on the web

The advances of technology have certainly played a key role, given that the articles published in printed media are now almost negligible, compared to the barrage of ARCHELON-related news and articles that reached the social networks and electronic media.

2014 ARCHELON VOLUNTEERSʼ REPORT

2014 ARCHELON VOLUNTEERSʼ REPORT

The work of the Society is quite extended and it would be impossible to implement without the contribution of the hundreds of volunteers who devote some or the biggest part of their spare time for the protection of sea turtles. These volunteers come from all around the world and offer over 14.000 days of volunteer work for the protection of sea turtles in Greece.

EVS Volunteers at the Rescue Center

EVS Volunteers at the Rescue Center

ARCHELON once more is hosting two incredible EVS volunteers who came in Greece in order to help with the protection of sea turtles. As part of EVS (European Voluntary Service in the context of ERASMUS+) programme they get accommodation, food allowance, pocket money, mentoring but also they have the chance to get to know the Greek culture and language and get experience in the rehabilitation of a threatened species. We asked them why they wanted to do EVS programme and why they chose ARCHELONʼs projects as well as to tell us few words on their experience up to now, and this is what they answered. From ARCHELON point of view we would like to thank them for their continuing interest and help of all these months they have stayed in the project.

The British Embassy in ARCHELON

The British Embassy in ARCHELON

Some groups of people are very sensitive and want organized to support the work of the Archelon. One such group is employees of the British Embassy in Greece. With gentle encouragement of the British Ambassador H.E John Kittmer employees of the British Embassy, together with their families visited the S.T.R.C on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

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