Biodiversity specimen research and teaching collection

Yukon's largest bird (Trumpeter Swan) and smallest bird (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)
The Yukon's largest bird (Trumpeter Swan) and smallest bird (Ruby-throated Hummingbird).

A centralized collection of Yukon natural history specimens was developed in 2012 and is located in the YukonU Research Centre laboratory.

The herbarium collection received a burst of attention beginning in 2018 headed by volunteer Dr. Wayne Strong.  In 2021, the Government of Yukon Department of Environment collection was added; cataloging of those specimens is ongoing. 

Taxonomic measurement of (mostly salvaged) bird specimens submitted by the public to the Yukon Department of Environment laboratory and the federal Canadian Wildlife Service, were again collected. The data base now contains about 4,000 entries.  Continuing since 2015 with grants from the Yukon University research fund, student S. Van Delft and a few others, have greatly enlarged the collection of prepared bird specimens. 

The vision for the biodiversity specimen collection is to initially focus on a research and teaching collection with public display a future consideration.