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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

The calypso orchid, sometimes called the fairy or venus slipper, was already blooming by the end of May and the rest will follow soon. I suspect that the Platanthera obtusata, known as the northern bog orchid, will follow soon. The height of bloom... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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

Winter has released his icy grip on the Yukon, and that brings my favorite season: camping season. In early May I along with several friends pitched our campers and tents at Lake LaBerge. We lucked out and got choice sites along the lakeshore. As... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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

“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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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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: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Air North

I was writing a story about the Tatshenshini River for a magazine, and had just finished a 10-day rafting trip that left us at Dry Bay, Alaska, at the Pacific Ocean... the very definition of “the middle of nowhere.” more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

From the day we came to Whitehorse it was my partner’s dream to catch a burbot; the only freshwater member of the cod family is found in most Yukon lakes and large rivers. We were told that they are easily caught overnight on baited set lines, as... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Kim Melton

If viewed on their own, the Hazards Maps produced by the Northern Climate ExChange might look like something inspired by a cartoon – which the project coordinator Dr. Bronwyn Benkert informs me is indeed the case. Coloured in with traffic light... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Green Issues

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Courtesy of Yukon Energy

A new trend in hairstyles is likely to emerge in workplaces across the country during the first week of June: helmet hair. From May 30th to June 5th, Canadians will be hitting the pavement and the trails on their bikes as part of Bike to Work Week... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

Lynx

Photos: Gary Mussgnug

The lynx waits patiently by an animal trail at edge of the forest. A snowshoe hare emerges and the chase is on! Within a handful of leaps, each pushing their long hind legs and padded feet through the snow, the lynx is triumphant. She will be in more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Maria Gruninger

The first biomass heating project to use waste wood in the North has been up and running for a month. The project was initiated by Chris Schmidt from ACS Mechanical. In the spring of 2015 he was asked to replace the boilers at Raven Recycling... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Green Issues

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Issue: 2015-07-02 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

“Wow, you found a gold mine!” This was a recent Wednesday, around 11:37 a.m. My co-workers and I answered the call from the City of Whitehorse to spend one hour picking up garbage around our worksite. This was the “let’s go make Whitehorse... more

Jul 2, 2015 12:00 AM The Green Issues

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Whats Up Yukon January 29, 2015

I learned many lessons from Alan Baer, and one was to relish the spectacular vistas that were the backdrop of our aerial classroom more

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People 4 Comments

Apparently forest bathing is big in Japan. It's viewed as a way to reduce stress, and it has healing effects. more

Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM The Green Issues

I was told the action was in the kitchen shelter. As I walked towards the building, I immediately raised my camera to take a picture of a youngster playing caribou by holding a pair of icicles to her head like antlers. No sooner was the picture taken more

Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2012-04-19

As Oliver Barker tells it, fish taught him how to walk. "My family had this fish tank balanced on a crate in our living room," he explains. "I used to haul myself up using the edge of the crate to see the fish—but every time I did that the fish... more

Apr 19, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Active

Passion and excitement practically explode over the phone as I speak with Veronica Huggard. Huggard is one of five young people chosen to represent Yukon at the Northern Forum's Youth Eco Forum in Anchorage, Alaska from May 1-8. "There is so much... more

May 12, 2011 12:00 AM Yukon Outside