Yukon endangered birds: research and monitoring

This research focuses on assessing and understanding the population pressures on species of birds found to be at risk of extirpation in the Yukon. It builds on a long term project tracking the reproductive status of peregrine falcons and other vulnerable birds of prey. Regular visits to known breeding populations monitor the number breeders, number of young produced and a number of associated measures.

The work recognizes the value of these top predators known to be at risk, as indicators of ecological integrity. American Kestrels are monitored using artificial nest structures. Vulnerability ranking of species is used to focus on those that are potentially at risk.

Project description

Peregrine productivity has been shown to be slowing; an MSc thesis has shown interesting prey switching in the face of food stress caused by a decline in key prey species. Work continues to understand the changing impact of insect nest parasites.

A. Kestrels have declined alarmingly across the North West; research continues to try to understand its causes.

Project Team

Project support: YukonU Students


Department of Environment, Government of Yukon

Canadian Wildlife Services, Department of Environment, Government of Canada

Non-government Organizations: Yukon Conservation Society, Friends of Dempster Country


World Wildlife Fund

Department of Environment, Government of Yukon

Northern Science Training fund

Northern Research Endowment Fund, YukonU Research Centre

Private funders