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Brown Bear Mum and Cob Climbing in Pindos National Park, Greece


Excavation day in Pikermi!

Last Monday, we went, with a small group of students accompanied by a professor, in Pikermi for a day of excavation.
Pikermi is known for the savana-type fossil faunas: rinoceros, giraffes, saber-tooths, pigs, hipparions, and other animals that do not live in european lands anymore.

Here are some pictures:

Pikermi stream

Here I am, I dug up – with a friend – an upper jaw of a hipparion with 4 molars attached. The stream – small river – made it a little harder to dig…

Bottom of the river


In this picture there is a whole cranium that took two or three hours to take out of  the sediment.

Although we worked only for a day, we found very nice specimens!


Riddle riddle…

I was introduced to this yesterday, and I cannot stop thinking about it… I haven’t found the answer to the first clue – at least not yet, so I hope anyone who reads this will. Be careful with the instructions though.

International Conference on Bear Research and Management

International Conference on Bear Research and Management

What a wonderful surprise! Instead of coming across a fossil while surfing at the office, this morning I found this conference that will be held in Thessaloniki this fall. It regards the interactions of humans and bears, and the conservation of species in today’s industries and economies. It also comprises a field trip to one of the most beautiful villages in Greece, Nymfaio, where ex-captive bears live (in the forest nearby).

Nymfaio village

Nymfaio village

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Mount Olympus

So many mountains where you can go hike in Greece!  Here is a video of some friends on Mt Olympus in August!

A Safe Haven for Wild Birds

A Safe Haven for Wild Birds

People will go crazy during the “hunting periods”, wether they’re legal or not. Some of them even think that hunting can be qualified as a part of natural selection since they claim that it is the fittest who survive – it’s more of a struggle for life really. Several locations in Greece are very well known for being visited by birds during the spring, that come from the Saharan desert to rest before they reach parts of Northern Europe to reproduce.

I found this campaign this morning, that should do a major job for limiting and reducing illegal hunting in the Ionian Islands. Please take a minute to look at it and share (click on the title of this post).

Did you know that every spring wild birds make a courageous thousands of kilometers journey in order to migrate with almost no stops to sleep, rest, feed or drink?

Did you know that a significant percentage of them never make it to their destination due to exhaustion and starvation?

Did you know that, every spring, the birds that survive to land in the most beautiful stop over sites in Greece, the Ionian islands, get shot and never reach Northern Europe in order to reproduce?

Did you know that hunting during spring has been banned since 1985, but it is still not properly enforced in Greece?

Well… If you help us raise sufficient funds for our “A Safe Ηaven for Wild Birds” campaign you and thousands of others will find out and put this illegal and catastrophic activity where is belongs: in the past!

Eurasian otter

One of the first videos of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) marking its territory in lake Heimaditida (Greece). It is one of the most endangered species of Europe (and Asia), and a marker for clean environments. The video is provided by Arcturos, an organization that started studying greek otters a short while ago.

Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography

The pictures by Yianis Issaris are so breathtaking. It is really great to see the beautiful diversity of mediterranean marine species – and makes us want to go scuba dive.

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