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

    1 Mosquito, 2 Mosquito . . .

    The Yukon is home to a wonderful array of biodiversity! During every season, the territory plays host to a dazzling range of wildlife both large and small from rare migratory birds to our hearty full-time megafauna. One group of creatures that really helps highlight the diversity that can be found in our territory is… the mosquito! I bet you didn’t see that coming.

    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

    Nov 12, 2020 Update This original Yukon Wildlife Preserve blog article was written while the research was still in progress in 2018. Several articles have come out since then, with more insight on the outcomes of this research project: 2020 Ecology and Evolution Blog...

    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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