08/03/2024

The Over & Above Awards for 2023

On February 15 and March 5, the live and online Presentation of the ARCHELON 2023 Results were organized respectively. At the end of both events, the names of the people who surpassed themselves and gave significant help to the Association were announced. These are the ARCHELON Over & Above Awards for 2023.

The ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada welcomes cases of injured or sick turtles from all over the country. Panos Diamantis and Isabelle Marguerite were the "drivers" of the Rescue Network during 2023 helping significantly in transporting injured animals from the airport, port or bus stations to the Rescue Centre, even during midnight emergencies!

When the turtles arrive at the Rescue Centre the race to save them begins. At the same time, however, the Rescue Centre also functions as an information hub for visitors with the aim of raising public awareness. Nektarios Kosteletos, Fanis Michalakis, Vassilis Xenikakis, Mara Loizou and Emilia Diamantaki were the people who particularly supported the public awareness program at the Rescue Centre, touring visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, Xenia Balta significantly supported both rehabilitation and public awareness actions. Every day the Rescue Centre welcomes school students as well, in order to spread the message of wildlife protection to the new generation. Elizabeth Machaira was trained and hepled run the Environmental Education program at the Rescue Centre.

3 photos of ARCHELON volunteers

During the summer months, ARCHELON is present at the most important nesting beaches of the Loggerhead sea turtle in Greece. Volunteers from all over the world camp at the ARCHELON Research Stations in Zakynthos, Peloponnese and Crete and are trained in recording and protecting the nests. In the summer of 2023, the work on the beaches was especially intensive since a nesting record was set with a total of approximately 10,500 nests recorded throughout Greece!

In the monitoring project for the reproduction of sea turtles in Zakynthos, the Field Leaders who undertook the organization and training of the other volunteers during this demanding year stood out. They were Vincent Tarrit, Tanya Narshi, Sarah Bala, Sarah Crosse, Tobias Juul Jakobsen, Anita Szymanska, Lucie Fauchard, Marcia Abreu and Zuzanna Gewont. Konstantinos Vythoulkas, responsible for the space that hosts the volunteers on the island, also made important contributions to the Zakynthos project, always willing to help with everyday needs.

Accordingly, the Field Leaders of the ARCHELON projects in Crete, Sam Finlayson, Audrey Busa, David de Haan, Mathew Leveridge, Lizzie Borows-West, Melina Milidaki, Vasilina Vradeli, Lucy Grosjean, Gracie Rowe, Thomas Chazalnoel, Irene Pulido and Amelie Weiler, were also awarded. A special mention also goes to Vangelis Archontakis from the Tourism Department of the Municipality of Rethymno who helped to promote the informative ARCHELON Sea Turtle Beach Walk program on the beach of Rethymno. Some permanent residents of Crete actively participate in the conservation projects as well. Sean and Helen Johnstone assisted for another year at the start and completion of the Chania project, while Ciara O'Sullivan and Simon Wakefield helped significantly with the Messara Bay project as local volunteers.

In the Peloponnese Projects, Field Leaders Sarah Kelliher, Leonie Marzecki, Judith Hoste, Rachel Forster, Sam Brown, Judith Glaser, Laura Suppan, Noha Ratouit, Aris Tsiroglou, Daphne Nikisanli were awarded. In 2023, over 7,000 nests were recorded in the Peloponnese projects with their help! This intense nest numbers is why the volunteers Matheo Merle, Enora Bourgeois, Aurelie Chaput, Elisa d'Allibert, Lucan Naudin, Elain Friob, Antonin Gillot, Sophie Laderriere, Antony Couffrant, Martin Vanham and Justine Masselot rolled up their sleeves and took on more responsibilities than their duties. We thank them very much!

2 photos of ARCHELON volunteers

Richard Child, Mathilde Jahan and Michael Kroneder were distinguished for their contribution to the Lakonikos project, as well as Mark Boyd for the Koroni project. Finally, our long-term volunteer Merlin Potter-Adams also stood out for his help, both in the morning and night shifts, as well as in the training of volunteers and staff in the Kyparissia project.

"These awards are a nominal thank you for those who went the extra mile", said Thomas Arapis, President of ARCHELON during the ceremony. "However, we are grateful to all the volunteers, friends and members who helped in all the projects and actions of ARCHELON for the protection of nature and the environment." The main slogan of ARCHELON is "We can live together". For all those who love life in nature and share our vision for a harmonious coexistence between man and wildlife, there are the conservation projects of 2024. Volunteer applications are open. See more and apply here!

RECENT NEWS

  1. OUR NEWS
    12/04/2024

    Coordination for the protection of sea turtles in Rethymno: Local authorities and tourism businesses join forces

    The meeting, which took place on April 5, 2024, in the building of the Regional Unit of Rethymno, touched upon key issues, such as the observance of conservation measures for the protection of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Given the tourist activity on the nesting beaches, the active participation of the tourism sector in the implementation of the measures is necessary.

    Read more
  2. OUR NEWS
    10/04/2024

    "Tourists and turtles?" The environmental awareness campaign of ARCHELON spreads to the nesting beaches of the Loggerhead sea turtle

    After the pandemic, ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - is once again mobilizing on the path to sustainable tourism. The aim of the new campaign is to provide information on the appropriate code of conduct for visitors to all nesting beaches, in cooperation with the tourism sector.

    Read more
  3. OUR NEWS
    04/04/2024

    LIFE MareNatura - The largest marine biodiversity program in Greece

    Read more
  4. OUR NEWS
    03/04/2024

    Citizens inform us of sea turtle strandings

    ARCHELON started the effort to record the incidents of dead turtles washing up on the Greek shores in 1992. In recent years there has been an increase in these records which may be due to more of our fellow citizens reporting such incidents. Learn more…

    Read more
  5. OUR NEWS
    19/03/2024

    Contributing to international developments on sea turtle research and conservation

    In the past, members of ARCHELON were actively involved in the elaboration of the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Marine Turtles, published in 1995, and nowadays three of our collaborators participate in the writing of the revised guidebook “Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtles”.

    Read more
  6. OUR NEWS
    04/03/2024

    The moving experience of Frederique at the Rescue Centre

    At ARCHELON, you'll have the opportunity to meet and work together with new people and form lasting friendships - a major benefit of volunteering.

    Read more
  7. OUR NEWS
    29/02/2024

    Presentation of ARCHELON 2023 Results: Here is some good news!

    On Thursday February 15th, 2024, ARCHELON’s annual Presentation of Results took place downtown, at the Impact Hub Athens. When welcoming members, staff, collaborators, friends and volunteers, Daphne Mavrogiorgos, Director of ARCHELON, spoke about the multi-leveled action of ARCHELON during 2023.

    Read more
  8. OUR NEWS
    02/02/2024

    Sea turtles in the Greek wetlands of international importance

    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2. These vulnerable areas of the planet are a refuge for migratory birds and other wildlife species, including sea turtles. ARCHELON is present in wetlands that play an important role for sea turtles, such as the Amvrakikos Gulf.

    Read more
  9. OUR NEWS
    24/01/2024

    Why are ARCHELON’s projects international?

    ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation projects are organized with the valuable contribution of volunteers who come to Greece every year not just from Europe but from more distant places such as South Korea, Australia, and Colombia. Speaking English while carrying out fieldwork or public awareness activities as well as when interacting with each other in the campsites is essential to the projects.

    Read more
  10. OUR NEWS
    17/01/2024

    ARCHELON has been running a special hospital for sea turtles with tanks and impressive old train wagons for 30 years in Glyfada

    Turtles with IV and bandages, rehabilitation and recovery tanks, special environmental enrichment equipment, recovery greenhouses, and… renovated train wagons! The hospital for injured and sick turtles that ARCHELON has set up in the 3rd marina of Glyfada, next to the sea, is certainly something out of the ordinary.

    Read more
  11. OUR NEWS
    05/01/2024

    What happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023?

    A world record for reproductive life for a sea turtle and 40 years of ARCHELON’s actions for protecting sea turtles are some of the moments we celebrated together this year. So, what happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023? Here are some highlights of the past year.

    Read more
  12. OUR NEWS
    21/12/2023

    Assuming responsibility for the environment brings more meaning into our lives

    “ARCHELON is an opportunity, not only for the animals and the ecosystems, but also for us who participate in it and for the society in which we operate”. Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of ARCHELON, talks about the efforts of the organization and about what he aspires for the future.

    Read more
  13. OUR NEWS
    20/12/2023

    Forty years later: the world of ARCHELON has expanded

    Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of the Association gives the current coordinates of ARCHELON. "We encounter many turtles in our daily activities, and even more people, many more people actually, who help us. Amongst them are the people who work for us, they stand out for they represent the Association out there, through thick and thin".

    Read more
  14. OUR NEWS
    20/12/2023

    19 Environmental NGOs ask the Greek Government not to consent to a change in the wolf protection status in Europe

    Read more
  15. OUR NEWS
    15/12/2023

    Messages of love from the world turtle community!

    Celebrating ARCHELON's 40th Anniversary we have received warm messages from the turtle community worldwide

    Read more
1 out of 0
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Learn about our latest actions and find out about our programs and how you can help sea turtles!