"One can hardly imagine a more healthful employment, or one more favorable to contemplation, than the observation of nature."
Henry David Thoreau
Observing nature on Kythera begins effortlessly. Our eye is caught by the stone-gray Gecko slithering up the wall; our ears echo with the Cicada's relentless thrum in summer; our lungs fill with the sweet perfume of Narcissus in winter, Spanish Broom in spring.
With just the slightest effort, we notice more wonderful things: fields of wild orchids, octopus hiding among the rocks beneath the water, buzzards wheeling in the sky overhead. Delve a little deeper, and the island yields truly marvelous rarities, like the Eleanor's Falcon, the Loggerhead Turtle, or the tiny spider that exists nowhere on earth but in the caves of Agia Sophia. At whatever level you choose to study Nature on Kythera, the island will reward your interest many times over.
Welcome to the Kythera Museum of Natural History online
Please use the menu on the left to select the nature category you would like to visit first.
The Museum Collection
The core of this collection was gathered on Kythera over a period of 20 years. It began with the ordinary but irresistable treasures my sons and I would bring home from our field trips: seashells, cicada skins, chicken feathers. As the collection grew, friends and neighbors began donating their finds, and gradually a small, private, home-made museum of natural history emerged.
Share your expertise!
We are not scientists, but collectors, with only a handful of popular field guides for reference. We welcome all assistance in identifying specimens. Scientists and nature experts are encouraged to make corrections to the texts by adding pertinent information to the "Comments" section below each entry.
Thank you for visiting the Kythera Museum of Natural History online.
Robin Tzannes, Kypriotianika, September 2003