ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Yukon Conservation Data Centre (CDC)

Providing information on species and ecosystems at risk

bumble by Syd Cannings

Bee species are disappearing all over the world due to their sensitivity to pesticides, climate change and habitat destruction. © Syd Cannings

 


About the Yukon Conservation Data Centre

Who we are

The Yukon Conservation Data Centre (CDC) is a member of a network of data centres and Natural Heritage Programs around the world coordinated by NatureServe International.

What we do

The Yukon CDC gathers, maintains and distributes information on all Yukon animals, plants and ecological communities and maps the known localities of those that are of conservation concern.

The importance of Conservation Data Centres

Accurate information about species and ecosystems at risk is essential to effectively manage, conserve and protect our natural resources. The CDC provides a central, reliable, and continually updated source for this information.

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Report sightings

collared pika Ryan AgarThe Collared Pika (Ochotona collaris) is a small chubby Lagomorph and is considered vulnerable in the Yukon. Please report your sightings directly to the CDC or via iNaturalist. © Ryan Agar

The Yukon Conservation Data Centre welcomes observations from anyone working, living or observing on the land. In particular, we would like to receive your sightings of reportable species (listed below) which we are actively tracking.

Reportable Animals:

 

Reportable Plants:

Use the observation forms to report your sightings. Alternately, you can use iNautralist (below) or your own method of reporting, using the forms as a guide of the type of information the Conservation Data Centre collects.

Observation Forms:

 

iNaturalist.ca:

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iNaturalist is a free citizen science network that maps species observations around Canada by the general public, naturalists and biologists. It hasinformation on thousands of species, and enables users to download free electronic guides and crowsource photographed species identifications.

Yukon CDC has created an electronic guide that has over 230 species that occur in Yukon and are rare or at risk. It is free to download on the iNaturalist app., and makes collecting data easy by simply taking a photo with your phone. The CDC then receives an alert about your observation and we add it to our database. For more how-to information click here or contact us.

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Viewing the Yukon Conservation Data Centre's mapped data

Screen capture of the Yukon Lands Viewer

Screen capture of a zoomed in layer of the Yukon Lands Viewer. Accessed May 16, 2017.

 

The Yukon Lands Viewer online tool allows you to view the Yukon CDC’s mapped information for plants and animals of conservation concern. The tool will only display a shape and a corresponding unique identifier (Element Occurrence ID) but will not provide details on the occurrence. In other words, it will tell you whether a species of conservation concern is known to occur in your area of interest, but for further details you will need to contact the Yukon CDC at yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca and include this form pdf icon 202 KB.

Disclaimer

 

Getting started:

  1. Click on the link http://mapservices.gov.yk.ca/Lands
  2. Read the disclaimer and click on lands viewer button at the bottom of the page
  3. In the top left corner click on button example beside button example to open the map layers menu of contents.
  4. Scroll down and click on button example to expand.
  5. Click the box button example to show data on the map (optional: de-select any layers you are not interested in).
  6. De-select Wildlife Key Areas to reduce clutter, if desired.
  7. Zoom in to your area of interest and more layers of information will appear. Species of Conservation Concern are displayed as pink polygons.
  8. To obtain the Element occurrence ID of a particular polygon, right-click on the polygon and select “What’s here”. Use this number to contact us for further details.

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How to cite our data

Yukon Conservation Data Centre. [year.] Rare species database. Yukon Department of Environment, Whitehorse, Yukon. Website www.env.gov.yk.ca/cdc [accessed date.]

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Custom data requests

For custom data requests, such as all know localities of a particular species, or for spatial data, please complete the Yukon CDC Data Release Agreement (pdf icon310 KB) and submit it to the Yukon Conservation Data Centre.


Additional resources

Western toad, photo by Syd CanningsThe Western Toad, one of four amphibians found in Yukon; its populations are confined to the Liard Basin. Amphibians are highly sensitive to climate and environmental changes. Please report your sightings directly to the CDC or via iNaturalist. © Syd Cannings

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Contact Yukon Conservation Data Centre, Biodiversity Section

Environment Yukon
Government of Yukon
Box 2703 (V-5N)

Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6

General email: yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca

Individuals

Bruce Bennett, CDC Coordinator

Phone: 867-667-5331
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5331
Fax: 867-393-6405
Email: Bruce.Bennett@gov.yk.ca

Randi Mulder, CDC Data Manager
Phone: 867-667-3684

Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3684
Fax: 867-393-7197
Email: Randi.Mulder@gov.yk.ca

Syd Cannings, CDC Species at Risk Biologist
Phone: 867-335-8918

Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 8918
Email: Syd.Cannings@canada.ca