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Jenny Trapnell

Jenny Trapnell

Whitehorse writer Jenny Trapnell loves to discover our wild spaces Jenny has a passion for birding she shares her tips for bird watching and helps us learn about the birds in the Yukon through her column Time For Birds

Questions about her columns can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com


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Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Shyloh van Delft

There aren’t a lot of birds around in winter. But the Christmas bird counts always generate a crowd. First established in 1900, as an alternative to the seasonal Christmas “side-hunt,” the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is now an annual international... more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-11-14, Photo: Cameron Eckert

It’s snowy and cold outside, and most of the Yukon’s migratory birds, such as swans, pretty yellow warblers, ducks and shorebirds, have long fled the territory. There’s always a few species, however, that linger... more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-11-14, PHOTO: Tony Gonda

It’s winter—time to check out the bird feeders and stock up on “fast food” for our feathered friends. A huge variety of bird feeders are available in local stores or can be made easily from milk jugs or cartons... more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Bill McRoberts

Whether it’s for the annual bike race or a fishing holiday, Yukoners love Haines. The small southeast-Alaska port is a special destination for many. Come fall, the arrival of thousands of American Bald Eagles, in the nearby Chilkat River Valley... more

Alaska

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Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

The world’s longest annual paddling race is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the largest slate of international teams and racers ever. Up to 277 racers on 125 teams are expected to start the race at Rotary Peace Park at noon on... more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: courtesy of Jenny Trapnell

In early April, 79-year-old Lorraine White did what lots of Yukoners do: she held a garage sale. White, who was moving to Vancouver Island, sold her furniture and old china at her Takhini senior’s residence, and gave away the rest... more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

The North is a nursery for millions of migratory birds returning from winters in places as far south as South America. To help increase the awareness and conservation of Yukon’s birds and habitat, the Yukon Bird Club has launched another season of... more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Manu Kegenhoff

The multi-event Mad(am) Trapper competition, slated for Feb. 23 through 25, usually attracts dozens of women and men vying for the title of Mad Trapper or Madam Trapper. Historically, contestants have competed in five sourdough “skills”: the Log... more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

In a city renowned for its trails, Whitehorse has several informal walking groups to help us connect socially – and stay fit mentally and physically – all year-round. Most Sundays and sometimes Wednesdays, Peter Long and his partner, Wynne Krangle... more

Yukon Active

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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

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

Now’s the time to visit the Whitehorse fish ladder. This month the Yukon River Chinook salmon are migrating through Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse Rapids Fishway, located in Riverdale at the end of Nisutlin Road,is a good place to seem them in... more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell

One of the most visited attractions in Whitehorse, the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge, is a great launching point for interesting half-day hikes. Located about 10 minutes from downtown by road, the historic 95-year-old suspension bridge (which has... more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jennifer Trapnell

One of the world’s most urban birds has parked itself in downtown Whitehorse. The house sparrow, a small chirpy songbird, is now a familiar sight at downtown grocery store parking lots and other places where food is handy. Unrelated to North... more

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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