When North America’s migratory birds set out each spring in search of northern habitat to feed, nest and rear their young, millions of them wing their way to the Yukon. Three of the continent’s four major migration flyways converge across the Yukon.
For keen birdwatchers, this birding bottleneck produces all kinds of sightings, from waterfowl that congregate on Yukon’s northern tundra to songbirds that gather in the lush forests of southeast Yukon. In spring and fall, the Yukon skies fill with noisy flocks of trumpeter swans, Sandhill cranes, geese, ducks and other migratory birds. Birds abound in summertime, but it’s a quieter season for nesting and rearing young. The Yukon Bird Club maintains a current bird checklist for Yukon, and most Yukon Visitor Information Centres stock regional birding lists.
During your travels around the Yukon, watch for northern residents like willow ptarmigans, ravens and gyrfalcons, and keep an eye out for avian visitors like long-tailed jaegers, red-throated loons, bald eagles, goldeneyes and arctic terns. Plan your visit to take in one of Yukon’s wildlife festivals celebrating these special Yukon migrations.