Erling Friis-Baastad

biologists pay home visits to arctic grayling

The Arctic grayling is one of the most elegant and sought-after fish of northern waters. Photographs of hefty grayling with their large dorsal fins spread wide are common in outdoors and travel magazines.

Lota lota: the ugly fish you just gotta love

'If they haven't seen a burbot before, anglers might be unnerved," says territorial fisheries biologist Oliver Barker. "Burbot don't look like other fish they catch here.

how stressed bison got around the dictates of dna

Erling Friis-Baastad One of the most iconic large mammals of the Beringian ice age was the steppe bison (Bison priscus), which populated the Yukon and much of the rest of the northern world during the Pleistocene.

The wild canids of winter

Erling Friis-Baastad A coyote trots toward a man walking a husky on a leash, so the startled Homo sapiens pulls his snarling Canis familiaris off the trail and Canis latrans nonchalantly strolls on by.

The once and future balmy Yukon

In the late 1960s, a helicopter pilot who had been transporting geologists along the Peel River came across a couple of small bones while strolling through the watershed between flights.

your one stop shop for conservation data

Erling Friis-Baastad In the 1970s, The Nature Conservancy decided to determine just how effective its efforts toward protecting endangered species were.

pollen records raise questions about pristine

Erling Friis-Baastad We tend to throw around the words "pristine" and "wilderness" readily in the Yukon.

Time to junk your lava lamp

I'm afraid it's finally time to toss your lava lamp. Lava lamps are not just kitschy, but it turns out they are also a crime against the environment. Well, maybe not a crime.

mammoth insight into antibiotic resistance

It's no secret our great technological and scientific triumphs often reveal unforeseen problems, even as they are being employed to better our lives...

dont give nasty invaders a helping foot

Felt-soled wading boots are meant to keep anglers from slipping on wet rocks. Ironically, the felt sole, designed for greater purchase and "a nice solid point of contact on the river bottom," may ultimately cause more slippage.

the sydney cornstalk on the klondike goldfields

Newspapers chronicle boxer Frank Slavin's storied career over more than a decade of fighting the top pugilists from Australia to San Francisco. Slavin's Klondike connection began in 1896, when he met Joe Boyle, and the pair became fast friends.

tanana treasures reveal prehistoric ways of life

Early in the summer of 2002, Norm Easton, a lecturer in anthropology/archeology at Yukon College was preparing to lead a gaggle of graduate students up Scottie Creek, in the Tanana River drainage near Beaver Creek.

Yukon News earns national awards

The 2010 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards have just been announced, and Yukon News staff have many reasons to be pleased and proud.

matching a face and a fin to a name

It's a lovely summer evening somewhere in the Liard Watershed of the southeastern Yukon. You've just landed a hard-fighting, plump, arctic char. Or maybe it's a Dolly Varden.

no fool this stampeder and his fortune werent parted

The story of Clarence Berry is remarkable. Not because of the fact that he went to the Klondike in the late 1890s and found a fortune in gold, but that he was able to hold on to those riches until the day he died, nearly 30 years later.

camera array turns substorm into a grand mosaic

By Erling Friis-Baastad The first time Your Yukon checked in with the THEMIS team, back in 2005, their five satellites hadn't gone up and the coast-to-coast array of ground-based cameras was only beginning to be installed and prepped.

society wife turns into dawsons dance hall queen

From high society to the floor of Dawson's legendary theatres, Mae Field suffered one of the hardest falls from grace of any of Dawson's dance hall girls. Mae was barely 17 when she got married to Arthur Field, a man who was afflicted by gold fever.

the popes shallow apology

There's an old saw that goes "when in Rome do as the Romans do." I'm not certain of the origin of that pithy take on fitting in but it certainly feels as though Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine has taken it to heart.


To moms everywhere! A teacher wrote this on the blackboard and told the class to copy it into their scribblers, or to modernize it, on their laptops: "Teach us to serve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and n

tatshenshini area is rich in human history

"The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet -- those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." From What is a Wilderness Area.