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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Maggie Leary

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

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Living With Wildlife

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-01-18, Photo: graphicstock

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Maggie Leary

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

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Living With Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-12-21

A plane crashes off the coast of a small island. As the search for survivors surges, the victims’ relatives gather at an inn near the crash site to hope, wonder and come to terms with new loss and old memories. In Birds of Fall author Brad Kessler... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-12-14, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I STILL HAVE MY WINGS. I STILL HAVE MY TAIL. I STILL HAVE MY CLAWS. I STILL HAVE MY FINS. more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Old Crow

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

I am pleased to announce that I recently had my first encounter with a sandhill crane. I have never gone to the Crane and Sheep Festival in Faro, which is held in May, and the time and place when the cranes fly over the town. Years ago, I saw... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Paul Rath

The Ptarmigan is the territorial bird of the Yukon. Ed. Note: The distinction of being known as the Yukon's territorial bird goes to the raven, which, Canada Post recently announced, is to be featured on a stamp. Ravens are more widespread than... more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Keith Williams

We’re getting ready for winter and so are the birds. They’re chirping and feeding everywhere and the sky is alive with flocks of all kinds. It’s so busy one of Yukon’s most avid birders, Tracey Allard, says fall can seem like spring for a few weeks. more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: Ben Schonewille

In summer, birding is all about the kids. Or, chicks. After the spring blitz of migration and mating, many birds are rearing offspring and staying closer to their nests. It’s a time when many Yukoners stop birding. “Our forests are usually more... more

Jul 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Maria Gruninger

Usually after a long Yukon winter, you look forward to packing away your warm winter coat and saying goodbye to your winter activities for another season. Maybe the winter wasn't as cold and as long as it used be, but it was still there and we all... more

Jun 13, 2016 3:15 PM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

Looking for a memorable northern road trip? The 17th annual Tombstone Weekend on the Wing (WOW) offers three days of fabulous hiking, a birding festival and interpretive events for all ages. The weekend of free events takes place June 3 to 5 and... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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PHOTO: Jim Hawkings

The birds are back! And so is the annual Yukon Birdathon – a 24-hour birding extravaganza and sweet fundraiser. Held the last weekend in May, the 2016 event starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Wildlife

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The male blackpoll warbler is only about 5 and a half inches in size. These birds are known for their forage on insects: come the fall migration they will gorge themselves on insects to a point of doubling their normal weight. Come the cool winds more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

I don’t like crows. I never have, and probably never will. I can spend hours watching eagles soar and glide on the thermals. I love blue herons, in flight or standing in solitude along the shoreline. Ravens are mysterious and interesting. Loons, well more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Wildlife

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