Join the Ionian Dolphin Project; watch and study dolphins in the wild to ensure their conservation
You will fuel science-based conservation aimed towards a respectful and sustainable management of marine mammals in Greece.
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By joining the Ionian Dolphin Project you can help us to ensure the long-term viability of dolphins species living in coastal waters of the eastern Ionian Sea.
For over 25 years, 1,250 non-specialist volunteers from over 40 nations, encompassing the five continents, have joined the IDP. They have provided us deeply needed support and helped us obtain crucial data.
You will fuel science-based conservation action aimed towards a respectful management of the local resources, for the benefit of both dolphins and humans.
Share with us an unforgettable experience!
During your stay with us, you will be part of a scientific team focused on the study and conservation of an amazing community of bottlenose dolphins living in the Amvrakikos (or Ambracia) Gulf, a large semi-closed basin in western Greece. Here, you will work side-by-side with experienced researchers and conduct daily surveys at sea. You will see lots of dolphins, get to know them, actively contribute to field data collection and, back at the field station, help us download the data and process digital photos and scientific information.
All of us, research staff and volunteers alike, will be living in our field station in the quiet village of Vonitsa, on the Gulf’s southern shore. By sharing every experience with us, and ultimately living a researcher’s life, you will gain a first-hand understanding of the motivations that inspire our work, appreciate its significance for dolphin conservation and learn about the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem and its wonderful inhabitants.
If you want to dig more into the project’s facts, we dedicated a specific web site to it where you can find detailed information on the Amvrakikos wildlife, news from the research, interactive forms for reporting local dolphins sightings and a dedicated blog. Come and visit us!