A short film is beind recorded at the Seal Center today. The film is called Sealskin and is inspired by the Icelandic folktale ‘Sealskin’. The filmmaker Shilpa Munikempanna studied at the London Film Academy. Her films centre around narratives of personal journeys usually of people caught in a situation and learning to cope as best as they can like in the films ‘Kaveri’ or ‘Sleep’ which she wrote and directed. ‘Kaveri, her debut short film has screened at various International festivals. She is currently artist resident at Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland.
Sandra Granquist head of the biological reasearch department at the Seal Center is currently presenting her research findings on the affect of tourists on the seals at Vatnsnes peninsula at the Oikos 2014 in Stockholm Sweden. At the Oikos 2014 ecologist from all the five Nordic countries meet and share their knowledge.
More information on the Oikos 2014 can be found here.
The Icelandic Seal Center has taken on the role of project manager in the project Birding Trail in the North West. The goal of the project is to build the foundation for the making of a birding trail in the North West part of Iceland, identifying interesting birdwatching spots in the region and making them accessible for bird lovers.
The project is cooperation between stakeholders in the tourism industry in the region, The Icelandic Seal Center, The Tourism Department Of the University at Holar as well as Náttúrustofa Norðurland vestra.
The project formally started at the end of 2013 and first phase will be completed at the end of 2014.
The project is funded by Vaxtarsamningur Norðurland Vestra.
With funding from Menningarráðs Norðurlands vestra, Selasetur Íslands and Grunnskóli Húnaþings vestra have commenced an exciting new educational and culturally focused project. The primary outcome of this project will be a puppet show, written, designed and produced by the year 3 and 4 school students.
Project manager on behalf of the Seal Center is Dr. Leah Burns
Sandra Granquist seal specialist at the Icelandic Seal Center will present our latest research findings on the impact of tourists on seals at the Oikos Conference. The Conference is to be held at the Swedish Natural Museum, February 3rd-5th 2014.
Further information on the conference can be found here.
Recently Lotte Lille visited the Seal Center and interviewed our specialists on the Center. The result can be found on Lotte Lille’s blog.
Click here to read the coverage (in Swedish)
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.