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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

    See the Amazing Journey

    Now’s the time to visit the Whitehorse fish ladder. This month the Yukon River Chinook salmon are migrating through Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse Rapids Fishway, located in Riverdale at the end of Nisutlin Road,is a good place to seem them in... more

    Aug 16, 2017

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    Human Errors Re: Bears

    Sadly some human errors are fatal mistakes when bears are involved. Bears are somewhat predictable, but there are many exceptions to that rule. As a result, humans must always err on the side of caution when in bear country. more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Els Lundgaard

    Do You Bang, Do You Jingle, Do You Spray?

    Would you know what to do if you encountered a bear? Do you know how to avoid meeting a bear in the woods? Do you know how to keep yourself and your surroundings safe from a bear? I am a long time Yukoner and I was convinced I could confidently... more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Black or Grizzly? It’s Good to Know

    Just two weeks ago – and many times over the past – I’ve heard people say they saw a grizzly bear along the road or out in the wilderness. In many cases I have asked why they were sure it was a grizzly bear and all too often the only reason is... more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Tammy Beese

    Bear Spray

    It’s that time of the year again, the bears are out and we need a refresher on bear spray. It isn’t magic – and definitely not the solution to all bear problems – but with a little know-how it will keep you safe in most bear encounter situations... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Laura Hill

    Living With Wildlife: Laura Hill

    Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon wildlife. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on and what camera equipment you used to Editor@WhatsUpYukon.com more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

    The Life of Rabbits and Hares

    Growing up in the 1930 and early 40s was tough times. First, there was the Great Depression, followed closely by the Second World War. For the average family, money was tough, far tougher than today and rabbits and hares often graced the supper... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Coyotes in the Neighbourhood

    Coyotes inhabit everywhere from Central America to the Canadian territories. Originally they resided in the west, but now they reside all across Canada including Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland since the 1980s – they crossed over when ice... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Town of Faro

    Wild Times

    “They're a much more delicate bird, compared to the swans,” says Carrie McClelland, a wildlife viewing biologist with Environment Yukon. “They stand three and a half to four feet tall, with a six foot wingspan, but they only weigh around seven or... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-12, Photo: Courtesy of Environment Yukon

    CAUTION: Bison bison athabascae

    The first time I saw this sign, I had to stop and pull over on the side of the road to make sure I had read it correctly. It was early spring in 2012 and I was travelling up the Alaska Highway for the first of what would be uncountable times... more

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jennifer Trapnell

    Look Who’s Parking in Whitehorse

    One of the world’s most urban birds has parked itself in downtown Whitehorse. The house sparrow, a small chirpy songbird, is now a familiar sight at downtown grocery store parking lots and other places where food is handy. Unrelated to North... more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Scott Cameron

    Spring Guests

    If the crocus is the official flower of spring, then the swan must be the official bird of spring in the Yukon. Each year thousands of swans ascend to the Yukon from winter feeding grounds along the coasts of Washington and southern British Columbia. more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, Screenshot: Jennifer Trapnell

    Birding on the Fly

    I’ve joined her in a Riverdale neighbourhood in search of a rare Mountain chickadee. The first species we see, however, is a noisy woodpecker, a “Hairy.” Whitehorse resident Tracy Allard brings out her smartphone and taps an app called eBird to... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Gerry Whitley

    Why Fly South When You Can Tough it out Here

    Mary Whitley felt surprise and compassion when she saw a robin perched in a tree in her Hillcrest yard on December 9th. It was -19ºC — and a strange place for a bird that heralds Yukon spring. Her husband saw it first. “He looked out the window... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, Photo: graphicstock

    Winter Bird Feeding

    I feed the birds in winter because it makes me feel good to do it and the birds certainly seem to enjoy it as well. Squirrels certainly take advantage of the situation, but seem to be much less interested in the feeders that do not contain... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Fritz Mandl

    A Cozy Place to Spend the Winter

    Fritz Mandl was enjoying a sunny day at Army Beach in September when he came across what looked like a dying butterfly. The fragile insect was flying past him on a cold gust of northern wind when it suddenly dropped from the air and went limp, ... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Paul Rath

    A Gang of Elk, An Obstinacy of Bison

    In our exploration of colourful collective nouns used to describe groups of animals, we have learned that many of these terms have come to us from the Late Middle Ages, more than 500 years ago. Some of these quaint words were collected in the Book... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

    The Yukon’s Winter Mermaid: The American Dipper

    A happy melodic song rings along the Yukon River below the dam, and you imagine it’s a pretty little bird singing in a tree. But it’s 10 below. Then you notice a small chubby bird, coloured like slate, sitting on boulders near the rushing water... more

    Nov 30, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: by Paul Rath

    Collective Nouns for Birds Near and Far

    In my last article, we learned that many collective nouns originated in the Late Middle Ages, and were recorded in The Book of Saint Albans. Collective nouns are the words used to describe groups of things. We refer to a flight of stairs without... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: by Paul Rath

    Collective Nouns For Animal Groups- Near and Far

    Swans, hummingbirds and penguins, for example, have more than wings and feathers in common. They each have a collective noun, too. Here is a rudimentary grammar lesson: nouns are the names of people, places or things: toddler, island or bird... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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