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Migration wonders – the incredible journeys of Yukon birds

Faro – Migration wonders – the incredible journeys of Yukon birds. A special illustrated presentation by Cameron Eckert. Meet at the Faro Rec Centre. 7:30pm. All are welcome!

Swan Haven opening 2017

April 1 to May 7, 2017
Weekdays: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Weekends and holidays: 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm

An interpreter will be available to answer your questions during these hours.

Yukon’s premier birding festival brings residents and visitors out to great swan viewing areas to welcome spring to the North. The shallow open waters of M’Clintock Bay, Tagish Lake, Teslin Lake, Kluane Lake, and Lake Laberge are critical stopovers on the swans’ long migration to northern nesting grounds. These lakes provide access to food, good visibility, and little disturbance. In return for a safe place to stay, we are given the chance to experience a spring spectacle of birds that shouldn’t be missed.

Judas Creek Migration Spectacle

Whitehorse: Judas Creek Migration Spectacle with Jim Hawkings! Meet at the SS Klondike at 5:30pm. (3.5 hrs)

Participants in the Judas Creek field trip on 21 May 2015 were treated to a smorgasbord of shorebirds and waterfowl at the mouth of Judas Creek. Note the clever mix of warmish upper layers and summer footwear. The weather on the beach was fabulous this year – meaning people stayed until they had seen enough rather than staying until they were frozen too much by the cold wind off the ice.
Jim Hawkings photo. Participants in the Judas Creek field trip on 21 May 2015 were treated to a smorgasbord of shorebirds and waterfowl at the mouth of Judas Creek. Note the clever mix of warmish upper layers and summer footwear. The weather on the beach was fabulous this year – meaning people stayed until they had seen enough rather than staying until they were frozen too much by the cold wind off the ice.

 

Picnic and Stories Around the Camp

Tagish River Bridge, Day Use Area.
Come to this great swan viewing area with your own picnic lunch and sit around the camp re enjoying a cup of tea and homemade bannock. Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Ida Calmegane will share some traditional stories of spring in Yukon. Be sure to bring a mug for tea, a lawn chair, and a blanket so you can sit back and relax!

Winter Swans

Most swans migrate south for the winter, but there are always exceptions. Join Adam Skrutkowski at the boat launch under the bridge (west side of river, before the lodge) to get the latest update on overwintering swans at Johnsons Crossing on the Teslin River.

Swan Haven Interpretive Centre Opens

At the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre visitors will find indoor and outdoor interpretive panels, daily swan counts, activities and a viewing deck. Walk along the 500-metre shoreline trail for views of the birds, or relax on the viewing deck.

M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake hosts a spring spectacle of returning swans and other waterbirds. Featuring the first open water in the region, the bay has many attractions for early migrants. This bay offers shallow water, access to food, good visibility, and little disturbance to waterbirds, making it a critical stopover on the long migration to northern nesting grounds.

April 1 to May 8, 2016 Weekdays: 5:00 – 9:00 pm Weekends: 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
An interpreter will be available to answer your questions during these hours. For more information, please call 667-8291 or 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8291. Enjoy a longer season at Swan Haven this year. The centre will remain open until May 8th allowing more time to enjoy the return of spring.