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Wildlife Viewing, Environment Yukon


The Wildlife Viewing Program

Seeing wildlife is often the highlight of a trip in Yukon. Yukon enjoys many special northern species not common or not found in lower latitudes. Whether it is moose, caribou, Gyrfalcons, swans, or rare plants you wish to see, take the time and get to know where the best viewing opportunities are.  The Wildlife Viewing Program will help you find these sites, and give you tips about what else is out there that you might not have noticed.


Contact Wildlife Viewing

Phone: 867-667-8291 Toll free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):

1-800-661-0408 ext. 8291Fax: 867-393-6263Email: wildlife.viewing@gov.yk.ca

Box 2703 (V-5N) Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6


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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... Read more

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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... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Jake Paleczny

It was a record-breaking summer at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, with 4,899 visitors coming through the gates this past August. Compare that with 3,200 visitors in the entire first year of operation in 2004–05, and you get an idea of how the... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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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... Read 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... Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

“Last year was a big year,” says Scott Cameron, Environment Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Technician. “We were up to 2,000 swans every day for a few days.” The height, he says, was April 9, when 2,200 were counted out on M’Clintock Bay. Typically that... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

A quarter million sandhill cranes! When, anywhere in this territory, do we have the opportunity to see a quarter million anything? Caribou? Nope. People? Not even close. Trees? Well, probably, but trees aren't typically very active; they don't... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

Syd Cannings has been studying bugs and other natural wonders since he was a boy growing up in the Okanagan Valley. Looking for dragonflies has taken him to lots of marshy ponds and wetlands. Read more

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