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Roy Jantzen

Au Naturel Column

Roy Jantzen writes the column "Au Naturel" 

He is an environmental educator, natural history professor,adventure and eco-tourism specialist living in Whitehorse. Any comment or thoughts contact roy@whatsupyukon.com

Known as spring, king, or Tyee (which means chief), Chinook salmon have started arriving in Whitehorse after leaving the Bering Sea earlier this summer. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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August 14, 2014

What can one tell a Yukoner about fireweed? Isn’t it like talking to an Inuvialuit person about ice? Fireweed’s colours, height and flowering times are fairly familiar in the body of literature known as ‘northern knowledge’. Here is my attempt at ex Read more

Yukon Summer

What can one tell a Yukoner about fireweed? Isn’t it like talking to an Inuvialuit person about ice? Fireweed’s colours, height and flowering times are fairly familiar in the body of literature known as ‘northern knowledge’. Here is my attempt at e Read more

Wild Harvest

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June 2014

Yesterday I was amputating their little arms; Into a bag they went. If I worked fast, I could fill the bag in the hour. Delicate soft green nubs at the end of each branch were quickly added up in my Ziploc baggie. Read more

Yukon Summer

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June 19, 2014 Issue

The last Au Naturel column looked at the sudden appearance of birds during spring migration. Today, when you walk along the Millennium Trail, look out for a white bird with pointed wings and a forked tail. It should be flying buoyantly over the riv Read more

Yukon Wildlife

Tree Swallow

Photo by Phil Hoffman

Songbirds, waterfowl, and others are passing through a naturescape near you. Read more

Yukon Wildlife

Delicate but determined

Photo by Roy Jantzen

How does a plant know when it’s time to break the surface, to move from its protected subterranean world and reach skyward? Read more

Yukon Outside

Swans at Swan Haven

Photo by Roy Jantzen

If you spend time at Marsh Lake’s M’Clintock Bay this week, you may see new visitors. At up to four and-a-half feet tall, 35 pounds, with 8-foot wingspans, these visitors are hard to miss. Read more

Marsh Lake

As a new season approaches, have you ever asked yourself, "I wonder what's up with the natural world, at this moment, where I live?" My name is Roy Jantzen and I am a professor of natural history, environmental interpretation, and stewardship... Read more

Yukon Outside