Many non-invasive research projects have taken place at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The Preserve’s Research Committee evaluates proposals and makes recommendation to the board for approval

All aspects of natural systems represented on the Preserve are available for study, however priority will be given to research that:

  • The YWPOS is actively soliciting answers from in order to further the viability of the Preserve.
  • Is a collaborative design with established research and educational institutions and has a special emphasis on involving local students.
  • Is non-invasive in nature.
  • Could advance techniques of wildlife conservation.
  • Addresses research necessary for the recovery of indigenous wildlife species known to be at risk.
  • Research that addresses needs relative to preserving, understanding and enhancing Yukon First Nations heritage in Yukon.
  • YWPOS Research Application (18kb .docx) must be completed. Additional information may be requested in a formal research proposal format.

    Typical Timeline

    The typical timeline from preliminary conversations to conducting research is typically 6-10 weeks depending on meeting schedules and availability.

    1. Premilinary conversations (staff/committee can provide additional info and guidance on research application).
    2. Research Application Received.
    3. Research Committee Reviews Application and ensures appropriate review by other relevant committees, including Animal Care Committee and/or Education Committee. (Typically 2-4 weeks).
    4. Research Committee makes recommendation to board.
    5. Board approves project (board meets every second month on the 3rd Wednesday).
    6. Staff prepares MOU.
    7. Researcher(s) sign-off on MOU.
    8. Project begins.

    Read about Past Research

    Playful Prey

    6 minute read - As many of us know from watching our dogs, cats, or children at home, young animals love to play and they play often. Play behaviour has been observed in many mammals and even in reptiles[[[Burghardt, G. M. (2015). Play in fishes, frogs and reptiles....

    The Life of a Mule Deer

    7 minute read - Watching how an animal behaves in its natural environment and towards other individuals has always been fascinating to me, but I could never have predicted that I would find myself crawling around the open prairie grassland to sneak up on mule deer.  ...

    Nest Box Mysteries

    10 minute read -  Those bird houses do the same thing as the ones you might have in your backyard – provide a safe home for birds to lay their eggs and raise their young. Bird biologists usually call bird houses “nest boxes” when they’re used for ecological...

    Phenology of Molt in Mountain Goats

    All mammals shed but some shed more hair and more slowly than others. Mountain goats are one such mammal. Remarkably, we know very little about their molt or about the molt of most mammals and birds. Knowing how our warming climate might affect cold-adapted animals...

    To discuss potential research or submit a proposal, please contact Jake Paleczny, Executive Director:

    Yukon Wildlife Preserve
    Box 20191
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Y1A 7A2

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