Erling Friis-Baastad

Erling posted 114 stories to Yukon News.
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Bugs with barcodes: Trapping blitz in national parks targeted the tiny

When we think of the wildlife in Canada's national parks, it's moose, bears, snakes, grey jays, trout and chipmunks that come readily to mind.

  • Mar 11th, 2016 1:00am

It’s no use cursing over spilled crude

In March 1989, an oil tanker sailing south from the Alaska pipeline port of Valdez struck a reef in eastern Prince William Sound. At least 11 million gallons (42 million litres) of crude oil spilled into the sea and onto the shore.

  • Feb 19th, 2016 1:00am

The Canol Heritage Trail was a family affair

When he makes his presentations in the Yukon later this month, geographer Peter Kershaw plans to lead his audiences through the marvels and sorrows along the Canol Heritage Trail.

  • Feb 5th, 2016 1:00am

Pliocene pollen grains reveal a warm, wet Klondike

The Yukon's gold fields are famous for yielding up the remains of large creatures that roamed the mammoth steppes of Beringia during the Pleistocene - the chilly epoch that lasted from about two and a half million years ago to 11,700 years ago.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016 1:00am

Yukon’s largest lake gets a thorough biophysical

When University of Alberta graduate student Ellorie McKnight began working on her biology master's thesis project, her primary research focus was: "How are large northern lakes being affected by climate change?" 

  • Dec 4th, 2015 1:00am

Fewer nighthawks grace the aerial diner

When Andrea Sidler was four or five and growing up in Atlin, B.C., her parents directed her gaze to two common nighthawk nestlings on the ground beside the trail to the family home.

  • Nov 20th, 2015 12:59am

Mercury and the North’s lake bottom line

Thanks to natural, high-altitude transportation processes, mercury and other pollutants generated far to the south can enter northern food chains.

  • Nov 6th, 2015 1:00am

NASA sponsors a closer look at Dall sheep and the warming North

"The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is interested not just in what's going on in outer space, but they also want to use their satellites to understand what's going on on Earth," says wildlife ecologist and Dall sheep expert Laura Prugh.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 2:00am

Boreal bank swallows: suddenly a hot topic

It often requires an informed, enthusiastic visitor to remind us not to take the "wild" in our Wilderness City for granted.

  • Sep 11th, 2015 2:00am

Tiny ice age relic lurks along the Dempster

"It's easy to forget what's lurking in our world - things we don't see everyday," says McGill University biology professor Christopher Buddle by phone from Montreal.

  • Aug 28th, 2015 2:00am

Environmental DNA: Promising new tool is easier on scientists and their subjects

Crime fighters have been using environmental DNA analysis for many years, says Yukon biologist Bruce Bennett.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 2:00am

Making sense of mixed messages from the mammoth steppe

The icon of the mammoth steppe, Mammuthus primigenius, is well represented in the Yukon’s fossil record. Thanks to remains preserved in permafrost from the Klondike gold fields and Old Crow.

  • Jul 3rd, 2015 1:17pm

Bumblebee research: some hard facts and soft fuzz

Before I can step into Environment Yukon’s Whitehorse headquarters on Burns Road, I’m met at a nearby flowering lupine by a large, fuzzy, loud and somewhat aggressive bumblebee.

  • Jun 25th, 2015 3:14pm

Yukon finds force scientists to rethink the camel family tree

Paleontologists can never completely put their favourite theories about life during the Pleistocene epoch to gentle rest. Ice age creatures have a knack for sowing doubt and sparking debate tens of thousands to millions of years after their deaths.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 2:00am

Arctic dinosaurs demand their due

This weekend, Roland Gangloff, author of Dinosaurs Under the Aurora, is bringing news of a revolution in Arctic paleontology to Whitehorse and Haines Junction. Gangloff is a former professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  • Jun 5th, 2015 2:00am

A bird in the hand helps students recognize many birds in the bush

Five years ago, Shyloh van Delft attended a young-ornithologists' workshop at Long Point Bird Observatory on Lake Erie in Ontario. She was less than thrilled to be presented with a dead bird to skin out and prepare as a study specimen.

  • Jun 5th, 2015 2:00am

The Mayo B rearing channel: ‘thinking fish first’

In 1952 the Mayo hydro power project began supplying electricity to Elsa, Keno City, the United Keno Hill mine and the community of Mayo.

  • May 22nd, 2015 2:00am

Tantalizing ancient site emerges from riverbank forest

Ice age settlers who frequented what is now referred to as the Britannia Creek site, halfway between Dawson City and Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River, would be amazed to see that area today.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 2:00am

‘Out of the blue’: Surprise human remains and artifacts tell an ice age tale

In 2010 and 2013, Alaskan archeologist Ben Potter led teams that discovered the remains of three ice-age Alaskans near the Tanana River.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 1:00am

Share life in the slow lane with sloths

When Greg McDonald embarked on a career in vertebrate paleontology at Idaho State University, the first of a series of far-sighted professors helped steer him to giant ground sloths.

  • Feb 27th, 2015 1:00am