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The first whiff from a study of contaminants in a Whitehorse sewage lagoon is at least troubling. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are making their way into a lagoon where many migratory birds forage and breed.
Erling Friis-Baastad Special to the News One of Yukon's many fascinating geological features is the thick band of light-grey volcanic ash readily found where topsoil has been worn away in the south and central regions of the territory.
It's no secret that the large carnivores have been killed off over much of Europe. Along with the great forests, they have faded into folklore.
The great strength of the scientific method is that it welcomes new, even contradictory information. True science not only allows for, but even demands a continual updating of pet theories.
Until recently, Yukon's river otters have managed to glide beneath the research radar. Lontra canadensis, a member of the weasel family, is not common in the territory and its distribution here is patchy.
Al von Finster grew up in Whitehorse. He and his boyhood pals regularly piloted their bikes up to Jackson Lake in pursuit of rainbow trout.
Each summer and autumn, we're reminded that we share this land with grizzlies and black bears. Sometimes the bears and sometimes the people are not gracious about this.
For such a common mammal, the North American porcupine has been the subject very little scientific research, says biologist Tom Jung. It has been cursed by dog owners more often than studied by experts right across the continent.
By following lynx and snowshoe hare tracks scientists have determined that only about 20 per cent of lynxes’ hare pursuits are successful, says zoologist Charley Krebs.
Whatever else comes in its wake, climate change is forcing scientists and laypersons alike to take a closer look at how data is presented, read and interpreted.
Town-dwelling Yukoners might be surprised to learn that a long-time neighbour is in trouble. Doesn't the Arctic ground squirrel pop up everywhere? Its burrows extend into yards, driveways, parking lots and airports.
From her temporary home in Copenhagen, Canadian PhD student Natalie Eva Iwanycki is searching the world for traces of "white man's footprint."
"I've never seen a site like this in the Yukon; there were flakes coming out every five or 10 minutes," says Yukon College instructor and archeologist Dr. Victoria Castillo.
Erling Friis-Baastad Bird monitoring tops the list when it comes to opportunities for "citizen scientists" and other laypersons to contribute to natural history research in the territory, says Ted Murphy-Kelly.
No one is exactly certain why rusty blackbird numbers have been declining so drastically over the past half-century.
Artists’ renditions of northern ice-age landscapes could do with a bit more colour, says Yukon paleontologist Grant Zazula. Instead of fields of uniformly bleak grasslands, future paintings of late-Pleistocene Yukon, Alaska and eastern Siberia should include brilliant dabs of blue, yellow and orange...
The squirrels of Mile 1044 on the Alaska Highway have kept scientists and graduate students hopping for more than 20 years.
Five years ago, paleogeneticist Meirav Meiri, then a graduate student at Royal Holloway, University of London, working with the British Natural History Museum...
North Yukon regional biologist Mike Suitor is privileged to be the bearer of great tidings this fall.
Berton House writer James FitzGerald will present a reading at Dawson City Community Library on Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. FitzGerald is a Toronto-born journalist and author.