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Iceland's Birds, Flowers and Wildlife Program at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby

By Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

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The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a program entitled Iceland’s Birds, Flowers and Wildlife at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby. The presentation takes place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Naturalists and photographers Peter and Barbara Rzasa will present a slide show of several Icelandic birds, flowers, reindeer and other wildlife that can be found while traveling Iceland’s 832-mile long Ring Road. On display will be their collection of volcanic rocks and ash. Join us as they provide information and interesting stories and a brief overview of Iceland and its natural history.

Iceland is often called “The Land of Fire and Ice” because of the many volcanoes and glaciers and spectacular waterfalls that populate the country. The country is also a noted birder’s paradise famous for its population of Atlantic puffins, ptarmigan, arctic terns, and other arctic birds found along Iceland’s 3,700 miles of coast. Reindeer, arctic fox, humpback whales and seals can frequently be seen while Icelandic horses can be found roaming the farmlands.

Surprisingly, Iceland is also the home to hundreds of flowering plants including several varieties of orchids. Icelandic plants developed unique characteristics that enable them to thrive in a harsh winter environment.

The Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT. A donation of $5.00/ adult is requested. Light refreshments will be served after the program. For further information, directions, or to register, phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at(203) 734-9325 or

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