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Cameron Eckert

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Cameron Eckert

Fall migration is over, but you can still see some pretty cool birds around if you know where to look. One popular birding area is along the Yukon River near the Rotary Centennial Bridge. The open water here attracts a wide array of species, and... more

Nov 8, 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: 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: 2016-07-14, 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: 2016-06-02, 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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Issue: 2016-04-28, PHOTO: Shyloh van Delft

Of all the birds of the forest, the chickadee is my favourite. Growing up in Nova Scotia, it was one of the first birds I knew. My family had a cottage in the forest on the shore of St. Margaret’s Bay, outside Halifax. The black caps regularly... more

Apr 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Jennifer Trapnell

There's nothing like a bird count to inspire new and seasoned birders. This Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Feb. 12-15 and it’s a family-friendly event for any skill level. The GBBC helps to give a snapshot of bird life throughout... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: Shyloh van Delft

Yes, baby, it’s cold outside. But birding can get you out of the house, connect you with nature, and other people. During December’s Christmas bird counts – an annual winter birding tradition - hundreds of participants recorded birds in... more

Jan 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Winter