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Cameron Eckert

Counting birds is a social affair

First established in 1900, as an alternative to the seasonal Christmas “side-hunt,” the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is now an annual international winter bird census held in communities large and small between December 14 and January 5.

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Who’s still here?

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...

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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...

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Oh, Chickadee!

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...

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