The Katelios Group (www.kateliosgroup.org) a local non-profit environmetnal group has been established in Kefalonia island (GREECE) since 1993.The philosophy of the Katelios Group is the search for solutions co-existence between humans and the Nature through sustainable development.
Protection of the marine turtles (Caretta caretta)
Distributing leaflets to inform locals and tourists
Designed posters to help in promoting the protection of marine turtles C. caretta
To undertake planting to protect the nesting beaches from artificial light and noise
Removing litter from the nesting beaches
Research and behavior observation of C. caretta
Nightly observation of the female C. caretta aiming at:
Measuring the time of laying the eggs
Counting the eggs
Visual check-up of C. caretta
Checking the tag number of tagging if it not registered yet
Location of the nests in the morning hours
After 60 days monitoring and observation of the new born C. carettas.
Ten days about after the last C. caretta has hatched the nest will be excavated so that the rate of successful hatching can be evaluated.
Surveying other nesting beaches and monitoring of nests
Examples of Night Research Work Activities
21:00-22:00 Prepares equipment for night research
22:00-06:00 Timed patrols (with rest periods) along the shore-line looking for fresh turtle tracks
When a turtle is observed nesting, the trained volunteers with the help of the staff if needed, take a number of measurements: For example the length and width of the adult turtle, the time intervals of the nesting process, the number of eggs laid, the size and weight of a sample of the eggs checking the tag number or tagging it is not registered. The average duration available to undertake these measurements is around I and half hours
06:00 Patrols finish time to go home
Example for Day Work Activities
07:00-09:00 When a turtle has nested a morning patrol of 2 people go to beach to measure the tracks, to take the position of the nest, Distribute infomation leaflets to the tourists. This normally takes about two-four hours
08:00 -9:30 Breakfast followed by general cleaning activities around camping area
09:30-11:00 Painting, drawing and construction of information posters, Developing environmental education programs and materials for local children-Developing slide show programs for foreign and Greek visitors.
11:00-13:00 Information work at the Environmental Kiosk in Katelios village - Giving newsletters and information to visitors about Caretta caretta and the marine and terrestrial environment.
13:00-18.00 Free time
19:00-21:00 preparation for slide show talks - presenting slide show talks to tourists
End of the work day
Other day work includes( possibly )the surveying of known turtle nesting beaches on the island this generally takes a whole day as well as the surveying of male turtle behavior patterns normally undertaken in the afternoon and evening to tourists
practical demonstrations on marine turtle data collection.
supply of scientific equipment and learning according the needs and methods of the Katelios Group turtle project
Katelios Group offer for free:
simple commune basic camping shared accommodation in a farm- house yard, toilet, shower, kitchen
Daily cost of leaving in Katelios village:5-7€/day
Accommodation in rooms to let: Katelios Group provides the volunteers the list of rooms to let with their own expenses in the area of the project. Is under volunteer choice the final decision for the accommodation in the area which undertaken the project.. Accommodation indicated price in Katelios is: 700€/ monthly for a room with two single beds, small kitchen and bathroom.Volunteers could deal with the land owners for better prices.