Monitoring of ptarmigan population
The goal of this study is to monitor Iceland's ptarmigan population in order to be able to provide reliable advice as to its condition and sustainable harvest. Researchers collect data on annual changes to given population parameters (indices) and identify fluctuations in the ptarmigan's population size and sustainable harvest in time to be able to offer consistently reliable and informed advice on sustainable ptarmigan hunting. The population index is evaluated by counting the number of territorial cocks in breeding areas in spring. Breeding success is assessed in late summer by counting ptarmigan young.
Research on parasites and the physical condition of ptarmigans began in autumn 2006.
See also: Monitoring of the ptarmigan population in Iceland 1999−2003 (in Icelandic, pdf)
IINH Contact: Ólafur K. Nielsen