Náttúrustofa Norðausturlands (Northeast Iceland Nature Research Center) is a regional institute of natural research and is based in Husavik. It was opened in 2003 and is one of seven regional Nature Centers in Iceland.
The major roles of the Northeast Iceland Nature Research Center according to Icelandic Legislation no. 60/1992 are:
- To do scientific research on NE Iceland nature with focus on NE Iceland natural phenomenon.
- To collect data and references regarding the natural history of NE Iceland.
- To promote acceptable land use, nature conservation and environmental education for schools in NE Iceland
Northeast Iceland Nature Research Center is involved in various projects but the main focus is on the ecology of birds. Several monitoring programs for bird populations in the north-east are undertaken at the Nature Research Center and it is possible to view results of some on this website (click on the links below).
- Spring census of waterfowl
- Spring arrivals of migrants
- Seabird monitoring
- Mid-winter bird count (Christmas Bird Count)
Northeast Iceland Nature Research Center has five employees:
Þorkell Lindberg Þórarinsson
Director – Biologist, M.Sc.
Sesselja Guðrún Sigurðardóttir
Aðalsteinn Örn Snæþórsson
Sigþrúður Stella Jóhannsdóttir