Explore Iceland's birds, flowers and wildlife at local environmental center

A program exploring the birds, flowers and wildlife of Iceland is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.

The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host.

Naturalists and photographers Peter and Barbara Rzasa will present a slide show of 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.

'The Land of Fire and Ice'

Iceland is often called “The Land of Fire and Ice” because of the 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.

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.

Program details

The Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby. A donation of $5 per adult is requested. Light refreshments will be served after the program. For further information call the center at 203-734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at 203-734-9325 or dennisk32@yahoo.com.