Saturday September 4: Day 14 on Paros

Since volunteers have Sundays off, today was my last morning of cleaning water bowls.  I’m not going to miss smelling leftover fish each morning, but I was a bit sad when I finished cleaning around 8:30 this morning.  Silence is required around the birds (we don’t want them getting used to humans talking and thinking that humans are safe) so the repetitive nature of filling up a watering can, carrying it to an enclosure, emptying the water bowl, scrubbing it, refilling it, and either collecting bones (birds of prey) or refilling food bowls (doves, waterfowl, crows, magpies, pigeons) becomes pretty meditative.  I’m really going to miss this place when I leave Monday morning.  
Volunteering at Alkioni (the alternative name for the Aegean Wildlife Hospital) has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life.  If you are interested in volunteering here yourself or learning more about it, let me know and I’ll pass the contact information on to you!


  1. AnonymousJune 16, 2015

    Hello, tell me how I can contact alkioni, please?

  2. Hi!

    You can contact them via the contact links on their website at or via their facebook page at


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