23.06.2009 - 08:35

First tour of the summer finished - Hornvik

Cliff Hornbjarg waiting for us
Cliff Hornbjarg waiting for us
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Just came back from our first tour of the summer to Hornvik, in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We were so lucky to have a volunteer, Tanja Geis, who monitored the foxes and tourists for total of 40 hours in 5 days - as a June part of the ongoing research "Tourist effects on arctic fox behaviour" that started at the summer of 2008, in collaboration with The University of Iceland - Westfjord Research Institute (www.vest.hi.is).
We also registered den occupancy as we have done for several years in collaboration with Nature Research Institute of Westfjord (www.nave.is).
With us were the German film producer Tobias Mennle and author Frank Drygala - proceeding with their filming on the life of Arctic Foxes in Icelandic nature.
The foxes were quite active and vocal around the camping place and in the beach, where a stranded harbor seal and a large cod resulted in a busy traffic to this undefendable resources. Near to the denning sites, foxes were more nervous and didn´t like us too near.