Sandra Granquist seal specialist at the Icelandic Seal Center has started DNA analyses of harbour seal feces to determine their food intake. The project is a cooperation between the Icelandic Freshwater Institute, The Natural Museum in Sweden and University of Stockholm. The analyses takes place at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory in Sweden.
Sandra Granquist, who runs the biological department of the Seal center, gave a seminar at the The European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) at Mid Sweden University in Östersund last week. The seminar was called “Balancing use and protection of wildlife – An interdisciplinary approach for biology and tourism research” and was about the interdisciplinary research Sandra has been working on at the Seal center together with Per-Åke Nilsson, a former employee of the Seal center. The study is about the importance of combining results from ecological research and tourism research for wildlife tourism mangement purposes. This research is part of a licentiate thesis that Sandra defended at the zoological department of Stockholm University, Sweden in November.
A new information webpage for the Hunathing vestra has been opened. Now you can find information on things to see and do in the area as well as a guide to accomodation and dining. On the site you can also find listings of events and happenings in the Hunathing vestra area as wells as coverage of the local company of the month.
Unnur Valborg Hilmarsdóttir is the new Managing Director of the Seal Center: Unnur has 20 years of operational and managerial experience as assistant general manager of Hreyfing Health club, general manager of Dale Carnegie in Iceland and founder and owner of Vendum, a leading executive coaching company in Iceland. Unnur has been apart of several entreprenaural projects as well. Unnur has a B.Ed degree from the University of Iceland, Diploma in business and administration from the same Univeristy and is an Executive coach from Reykjavik University and Coach U. Unnur is an ACC certified coach with ICF, International Coach Federation.
The Great Seal Count
The annual Great Seal Count was conducted by the Icelandic Seal Center on Sunday 21st of July. During the day, the coastline of Vatnsnes and Heggstaðarnes was covered by volunteers and staff of the Seal center as together we counted all the seals that could be found in the area. The coastline was divided into smaller areas, so that everyone could chose a suitable distance. Everyone agreed that taking part in The Great Seal Count had been a great experience! The weather stayed fine for us and afterwards participants enjoyed offered coffee, cake and hot soup at the center.
Many thanks to all of you who participated and helped to make this a great event.
If you wish to join us next year, please register your participation by e-mailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 451-2345.
Please observe that due to safety reasons, The Great Seal Count is not suitable for children under the age of 5 and children between 5 and 15 years may only take part in the company of adults.
The Icelandic Seal Center biologist Sandra Granquist and tourism professor Per-Ake Nilsson have had their paper The Wild North: Network Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism in a Fragile Marine Environment in the Arctic Region published in the Journal “New Issues in Polar Tourism”
The article discuss the relationship between nature tourism and its operations effects on wildlife based on The Wild North project managed by The Icelandic Seal Center.
To read the abstact and download the full article follow this link
The Icelandic Seal Center ( Selasetur Íslands ) is working on an exciting project this winter time, the production of 2 male Harbour Seal skeletons and a Harbour porpoise skeleton for new and exciting exhibition displays in our museum, aswell as donating one seal skeleton to be displayed in the Húsavík Whale Museum.
The work is being carried out by a former volunteer at the center, Ester, from Spain and we are very happy to have her back with us!
The work will be completed by the May 1st opening of the museum and Visit Hunathing information center so make sure you come and check us out!