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Species Profile: Black-Legged Kittiwake

Species Profile: Black-Legged Kittiwake

(Photo above by Brian Sullivan, Neotropical Birds Online, https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bklkit) Identification Black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) are a medium-sized member of the gull and tern family. They have white bodies...
Things You Might Not Know About Iceland: Series 1

Things You Might Not Know About Iceland: Series 1

It is known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’   “The Land of Fire and Ice” is a very apt, if Game of Thrones-esque title, and it’s easy to see where it comes from. Of course, ice is the country’s namesake, and 11% of its total land surface is covered by glaciers. It has...
Species Profile: Northern Fulmar

Species Profile: Northern Fulmar

Northern Fulmar Identification Northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) are seabirds belonging to the petrel and shearwater family. The fulmar has a pale grey back and wings and a white belly, neck, and head with slightly darker feathers by their eyes. Their beaks are...
A Big Thank You to our Sponsors

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors

All of us on the team would just like to say a big thank you to our sponsors Opticron and Polymath Products. The equipment they provided to us proved invaluable during our scientific endeavours! Opticron Opticron very kindly supplied us with several T4 WP 10X42...
What we know about plastics in Skálanes

What we know about plastics in Skálanes

An advantage of plastic: it is durable. A disadvantage of plastic: it is durable. The durability of plastics causes plastics to build up in the ocean, which has become a global concern. Due to its pervasive nature it does not decompose but breaks down slowly into...
The Cliff Survey

The Cliff Survey

Uninterrupted squawking. A lingering, fishy smell. Like a bustling, vertical town square of seabirds, the cliffs by Skálanes were the site of data collection for this year’s group project. Two main species gather here every summer to breed on the steep rock-faces; the...
Tern Around: A Total Eclipse of the Heart

Tern Around: A Total Eclipse of the Heart

The minute we rocked up to Skálanes in Óli’s 4×4, no matter how much I had tried to imagine the house and the tern colony to look like, all my expectations were turned over on their head. No amount of over planning and colour-coded Excel spreadsheets had prepared...

Madness at Skálanes

‘ Dancing around the fireside like a bunch of loonies is the perfect way to wind down after a day of tree planting and tern attacks. ‘

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