Krista Prochazka

The ‘End’

It was the ears that came first. The inordinately large ears peeked up from the meadow just as I was about to turn the corner. In a flash, they were gone. Then, just as quickly, the ears re-emerged, followed by big brown eyes – very alert and very wary of my presence. I reached for …

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Time to Talk ‘Antlers’

A few weeks ago, we participated in Parks Day at the S.S. Klondike. It was a great day and a lot of fun. There was music, games, prizes and exhibits (thanks to Parks Canada for inviting us). In our booth, the Preserve had furs, antlers and horns. They were popular and visitor after visitor came …

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Work that Satisfies

I love being busy. I like to wake up in the morning knowing that there are many projects I could work on. I even like knowing that, by the time one is finished, several more have inevitably piled up. I also like variety in my “other duties as required”. Since there are endless “other duties” …

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Nothing ‘Average’ About It

It nearly happened: I nearly described my job as normal – average, even. I was asked this week what’s going on at the Preserve. For a full second, bills, meetings, tours and more meetings flashed through my mind. For a split second, I thought about e-mails, staffing and growing feed costs … but then I …

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When a Moose Waits…

Rocky was waiting for me. For three days in a row, Rocky, one of our moose bulls, was waiting. To put this into perspective, I had been working at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for about two months before I got within a kilometre of any moose. The day I did, I called home, woke my …

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Memories ‘Preserved’

As we approach the holidays and the new year, I find myself spending more time reflecting on the past 12 months. I think we are inherently drawn into personal reflection, but I am also a junkie when it comes to the seemingly endless Top 10, 25 and 100 lists filling television and radio, newspapers and …

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Thank You, Yukon!

What a terrific day! It was another one of these fabulous spring-like days we’ve been having. The mountains were covered with snow, the sky was blue, the sun was blazing through my windows and the caribou were grazing on the horizon. Despite the enticing weather, I was sitting at my desk, embroiled in resumes for …

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The Preserve is for Kids

On my very first day at the Preserve, I met someone. It was a beautiful, cold and sunny February day and I was engrossed in a solitary stroll when a car drove up and stopped beside me. Since the Preserve was closed, and I was new, I was definitely surprised. The driver introduced himself and …

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Road Trip Reveals Yukoners’ Fortune

Irecently attended my cousin Jessica’s wedding in Vancouver. Since the wedding was the first stop in an extended holiday, we decided to drive. Long, yes, but the weather was perfect, the scenery beautiful and, for wildlife viewing, I was not disappointed. Our first big encounter was bison. While I am fortunate to see bison most …

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