Yukon Conservation Data Centre (CDC)

Providing information on species and ecosystems at risk

Western toad, photo by Syd Cannings

The 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. Photo © 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

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 in the documents below), which are species we are actively tracking and that are identifiable in the field.

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

Animal observation information sheets

Field identification guides for reportable plant species, by:

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Conservation data

The Yukon Conservation Data Centre makes conservation data publicly available to anyone wishing to access information on species or ecosystems of conservation concern.

We maintain a list of all animals and plants known to occur in Yukon with their corresponding conservation ranks at the global, national and territorial levels. In addition, we map locations of animals and plants of conservation concern in Yukon.

Track and watch lists

Track list: a complete list of all species of conservation concern with conservation status ranks.

Watch list: species for which there is not enough information to determine whether they are of conservation concern.

Maps (shapefiles) of known locations of any tracked species for any specified region in Yukon are also available. To obtain these, please contact us. For location specific data, please submit a Data Release Agreement with your request.

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Viewing the Yukon Conservation Data Centre's mapped data

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.



Getting started:

  1. Click on the link http://mapservices.gov.yk.ca/Lands/
  2. Read the disclaimer and click on
  3. In the top left corner click on the grey arrow beside the ” I want to…” to open the map layers table of contents.
  4. Check the box beside Wildlife. (Optional: de-select any layers you are not interested in.)
  5. Hit the + beside Wildlife. (This will open an additional menu.)
  6. De-select Wildlife Key Areas to reduce clutter, if desired.
  7. Zoom in to your area of interest. 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 this page

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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Additional resources

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Yukon Conservation Data Centre, Biodiversity Section

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

Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6

Bruce Bennett, CDC Coordinator

Phone: 867-667-5331
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5331
Fax: 867-393-6405

Email: yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca