20.04.2010 - 09:44

Sociality work

Students of the 1st and 2nd grade gave the director a dead wood mouse to investigate
Students of the 1st and 2nd grade gave the director a dead wood mouse to investigate
The Arctic Fox Centre offers a free education at the elementary school of Sudavik on Icelandic mammals with special regards to wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus).
This project is the centre´s contribution to the society and a part of our policy. The elementary school is a whole stage school with students from 1st to 10th grade, grouped into 3 stages. All age classes are visited twice and the kids are taking us very well.
We have got a lot of new ideas and comments from the kids which we can bear in mind while designing the Arctic Fox Centre´s Exhibition.

The children and senior citizens of Sudavik municipality will have free access to the exhibition of The Arctic Fox Centre.
23.02.2010 - 10:54

Dissections

Pall Hersteinsson and Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir at work
Pall Hersteinsson and Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir at work
The Arctic Fox Centre (AFC) and The Nature History Institute of Westfjords (NAVE) have, in a collaboration with University of Iceland (UNIS), carried out a project to examine the arctic fox population of Westfjords by dissecting hunted foxes in the region.
For decades the municipalities of Westfjords and the Icelandic government have paid a bounty for fox tails. Professor Pall Hersteinsson at UNIS has cooperated with Icelandic foxhunters for over 30 years so that they send him fox carcasses for dissection. Due to the constant hunting effort during this period, Prof. Hersteinson's dissection results have become an extremely valuable data series for monitoring the Arctic fox population.
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21.10.2009 - 08:13

The Wild North

The Arctic Fox Center is a member of the Nordic project The Wild North.
The main objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of wildlife tourism in the Northern Periphery, and thereby ensure the trade's foundations, the livelihood of its workers and the long term integrity of natural resources.

The project participants are tourism companies that specialize in natural based tourism/wildlife tourism, official entities, and various research institutions.

The partners come from Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Greenland and Norway. The project's consultants come from Scotland and Iceland.

Wild North has the webpage: www.thewildnorth.org

05.06.2009 - 08:54

Handcraft

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t-shirt "arctic fox on the road"
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he Arctic Fox Centre stimulates development and manufactoring on handicraft and souvenires, specialized for The Arctic Fox Centre and the nature of Westfjords.
The Arctic Fox Shop will be located in Eyrardalur, Sudavik when the exhibition will open in June 2010.
Until opening, our products will be available at the ONLINE ARCTICFOXSHOP and in several other places:
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05.06.2009 - 08:48

Exhibition - from June 2010

Eyrardalur Sudavik. Photo: Ágúst Atlason
Eyrardalur Sudavik. Photo: Ágúst Atlason
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We will house an exhibition about biology and history of the arctic foxes as a species. We will tell the story of the war that has been waged between the man and the arctic fox for 1100 years. The aim is to collect all available knowledge and material relevant to the arctic fox in past and presence.

The Arctic Fox Center will be located in Eyrardalur, Sudavik and the exhibition will open in June 2010.
05.06.2009 - 08:38

Education - sustainable wildilfe tourism

The Arctic Fox Center offers educational program, in collaboration with The West fjord Educational Center, for tourist agencies and guides to increase their knowledge about the species as a resource in sustainable wildlife tourism.

The course is three lesson hours where the first is an introduction of the status of the species, biology, distribution, adaption to arctic live, food habits, colour morphs, social system etc..

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05.05.2009 - 09:21

"shooting foxes" - Filming and photographing

Photo: Frank Drygala
Photo: Frank Drygala
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The Arctic Fox Center proudly assists in all sorts of photographing and filming projects, both in winter and summer.

As people know, the arctic fox is a totally different animal in summer than in winter. While the puffy winter fur makes them look like stuffed teddy bears, almost totally covering the ears, snout and half of the legs - the animal looks like a long-legged slim catlike fox when loosing the winter fur in the spring-summer.


 

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10.03.2009 - 12:11

Stone traps

We plan to find and create informational signs about the old stone traps that are found throughout the country. We begin with Westfjords where we are located. 
The stone traps are monuments of the first fox huntings done by the early settlers and their descentants for the first centuries of inhabitance in Iceland. 
The foxes were trapped for the fur that used to be a valuable currency those days but not anymore. 

 
10.03.2009 - 12:04

Old foxhunters

One of the old foxhunters
One of the old foxhunters
We are collecting stories, pictures and items that belonged to the old foxhunters of Iceland. Since the arctic fox has been systematically hunted in Iceland since the early settlement, we have an important historycal material to collect. These things will then be a part of our exhibition that will open in June 2010. 

 
10.03.2009 - 11:49

Tourist effects on wild foxes

Fox on the run from tourists
Fox on the run from tourists
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The Arctic Fox Center, in collaboration with Westfjords Recearch Center of the University of Iceland, conducted a pilot-study on tourist effects on the behaviour of denning arctic foxes last summer. The project is a part of a larger concept in developing sustainable wildlife tourism in Iceland. The research will continue next summer and will be one of our contribution to the co-national project Wild North, whereas the Arctic Fox Center is participating.

 
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