VIP’s, shrubs and caterpillars… Could you wish for more?

The last couple of weeks have been packed with a variety of activities in Kobbefjord.

First, I would like to mention the visit we had by Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Buildings and his Greenlandic colleague Jens B. Frederiksen, Greenlandic Minister for Housing, Infrastructure and Transport. They came by in mid August and had a guided tour of the area and were introduced to many aspects of the NuukBasic monitoring programme including among other “why we monitor”, “what we monitor”, “when we monitor” and “how it is all financed”.

Luckily the weather was perfect after a period of heavy rain so all the guests were to think about was clapping a few of the flying insects…

Martin Lidegaard (no. 3 from the left) and Jens B. Frederiksen (no. 5 from the left) visiting Kobbefjord. Apparently I’m (furthest left) explaining something very interesting… Photo: Thomas Juul Pedersen

Martin and Allan with the INTERACT TA-group ATINAO were roaming the hill sides looking for shrubs on the very same day (and several more). They are studying growth of different shrubs and literally went home with a bag full of cut branches for growth ring analysis. It will be very interesting to follow their further studies. They have been visiting several of the INTERACT sites and will hopefully be able to go to new ones next year in their quest of assessing the influence of climate on shrub growth.

Mike with the INTERACT TA-group QUANTIC is slaving away in one of the GINR labs. He is measuring e.g. length and width of caterpillars of the moth Eurois occulta. Last year we had an outbreak of them in the areas close to Nuuk and they ate their way through most of the vegetation in Kobbefjord. They were so plentiful that when you put your boot down  you could not help but step on several… They were everywhere and the nesting birds were participating in one long and lasting feast. This year we have seen only one! The caterpillars are not only local in their distribution but expanded throughout great parts of the West coast last year. Combined with their extreme fluctuations they are indeed fascinating creatures.

Mike counting and measuring caterpillars in one of the GINR labs.

Autumn is around the corner and it can definitely be felt in the air. The temperatures are slowly lowering and the wind is getting more and more chilly. The first snow has been seen on top of the peaks around Nuuk, and though it has melted again summer is only hanging on by the fingernails.

This is all for now,

Katrine

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