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Yukon

Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus ©Don Getty Website

The Yukon is a land of stunning scenery, productive ecosystems and truly remarkable wilderness. This extraordinary natural world is home to diverse communities of birds. A total of 284 species have been documented in the Yukon with breeding confirmed for 187 species. Diverse habitats include wetlands, expansive boreal forest, alpine and arctic tundra, and the marine waters of the North Coast. This natural mosaic, with its mix of southern and northern species makes the Yukon an attractive destination for birdwatchers and naturalists.

Many first time visitors are surprised to see southern species like Killdeer, American Robin, and Red-winged Blackbird. However, their first encounters with Pacific Loon, Northern Goshawk, Long-tailed Jaeger, Northern Wheatear, Willow Ptarmigan, Spruce Grouse, Arctic Tern, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and the ever-present Common Raven reminds them that they have definitely arrived in the North.

The Yukon is a land of rich environments and pristine wilderness. The birds, wildlife and ecosystems are sensitive and must be observed and explored with respect. In this way, the Yukon will continue to reward us with unparalleled natural experiences.

Contributor

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 295

Provincial Bird - Raven Corvus Corax Principalis

Useful Reading

Birds of the Yukon Territory

by Stuart A. Alexander, Frank L. Doyle, Helmut Grunberg, Nancy L. Hughes, Marilyn Jensen, Ingrid Johnson, David H. Mossop, Wendy A. Nixon, Pamela H. Sinclair, Cameron D. Eckert - Published by University of British Columbia 2003

ISBN: 0774810122

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Guides & Tour Operators

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Nahanni River Tours

Tour Operator

For nearly two decades Neil Hartling and Barry Beales of Nahanni River Adventures and Whitewolf Expeditions have fine tuned the most extensive offerings of the best of the north. In 1997 the two companies joined together to capitalise on the strengths of each outfit. The resulting selection has been referred to as the life list of northern rivers - all must do's.

Northern Wildlife Safaris

Tour Operator

Northern Wildlife Safaris offers severall light hiking and vehicle based safaris to bring both professional and amateur wildlife photographers up close to some of the wild animals of the north…

Yukon Bird Watching and Birding Adventures

Tour Operator

Yukon offers you a wonderful opportunity to see some of Canada`s most exceptional birds including geese, the Loon nesting with babies, as well as many different species of ducks, eagles, and so much more!

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [07 July] - Blake Maybank

Report

Since there are very few birding trip reports from the Yukon and area, I've decided to offer this fairly thorough account…

Organisations

Yukon Bird Club

Website

The Yukon Bird Club is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation, and conservation of Yukon birds and their habitats. Regular field trips led by skilled and enthusiastic birders explore some of the Yukon's best birding areas. Each winter an evening seminar series covers a wide range of interests including local research projects, bird identification, birding adventures and Yukon biodiversity. All are welcome at field trips and events!

Reserves

Kluane National Park

Webpage

Satellite View

This park, in the southwest corner of the Yukon, has Canada's highest peak, Mount Logan, and some of the most extensive icefields outside the polar region. The landscape includes mountain lakes, alpine meadows, tundra and swift cold rivers…

Old Crow Flats

Information

Satellite View

More than 100 bird species have been recorded on the Flats, including at least 21 species of waterfowl. The area is important as a breeding and moulting ground to some 500,000 waterfowl including ducks, swans, geese, three species of loon Gavia spp. and a variety of other waterbirds. Banding studies have shown these birds to be associated with all four North American Flyways. Waterfowl are more concentrated here than at other locations in the north.

Vuntut National Park

Webpage

Satellite View

Vuntut represents one of the Northern Yukon Natural Regions in Canada.

Yukon National Parks

Webpage

Perhaps the most noteworthy of birds to live on Herschel is the colony of black guillemots, the largest in the Western Arctic. If you want to see the largest colony of black guillemots in the Western Arctic, visit the old Anglican mission house. They have taken over the abandoned building, nesting in the rafters. To keep their eggs from rolling away and to help preserve the historic structure, government biologists have built nest boxes on the roof for the birds…

Other Links

Bird Watching in the Yukon

Website

Whether its Northern Wheatears, Trumpeter Swans or Gyrfalcons, Yukon has a lot of special northern bird species not commonly found in southern Canada…

Yukon Birdwatching

Webpage

Yukon has many special northern bird species not commonly found in southern Canada.