Report a rare Yukon species sighting

  • ​How to report a species of conservation concern
  • ​What animal species should I report?
  • What plant species should I report?
  1. ​How to report a species of conservation concern

    The Yukon Conservation Data Centre (CDC) tracks over 230 species of plants and animals. We get data from reports submitted by citizen science initiatives. You can submit your sighting reports to:

    • iNaturalist.ca for any species;
    • eBird for bird species; and
    • the Yukon CDC for all species.

    Your observations help support biodiversity conservation efforts. Many agencies and researchers use this database to plan, protect and study Yukon's natural heritage.

    Use the iNaturalist app

    You can use the iNaturalist.ca website or app to report any species of conservation concern. iNaturalist collects species observations made in Canada by the general public, naturalists and biologists.

    Users can download free electronic species guides with over a thousand species, share your species sightings and crowd source photographs.

    The Yukon CDC has a project and guide on iNaturalist.ca for rare and at-risk species in Yukon. It's free to use and makes reporting species data easy. Just take a photo and upload it. We will get an alert about your observation and add it to our database.

    1. Create an account for free at iNaturalist.ca.
    2. Download the free iNaturalist app for ioS or Android devices.
    3. Download the free Yukon Species of Conservation Concern guide.
    4. Record, share and submit your Yukon species sightings using your smartphone or device.

    For more information on using iNaturalist see their website or contact us at yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-3684, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3684.

    Use eBird

    eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project. Over 100 million bird sightings are contributed each year. It is free to use and the app allows you to collect data offline, anywhere in the world. We draw our bird species data from this database.

    1. Create a free account at eBird. Select the "My eBird" tab to get started.
    2. Download the eBird mobile app to enter sightings on the go.
    3. Submit bird sightings via the app. or website. Use the "Submit Observations" tab on the website.

    Get more information on submitting bird sightings with eBird or email yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-3684 or toll-free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3684.

    Submit a species observation form

    1. Complete an animal observation form or a plant observation form.
    2. Submit the form.
      In person: 210-419 Range Road in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Email: yukoncdc@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Yukon Conservation Data Centre
      Government of Yukon
      Box 2703 (V-419)
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    You may also use your own method of reporting, using the forms as a guide to the type of information we collect.

  2. ​What animal species should I report?

    Refer to the fact sheets listed under each category for information about a species habitat, distribution, conservation rank and distinguishing features. You can also see our list of all animals you can report.

    Amphibians

    Mammals

    • Collared Pika (Ochotona collaris)
    • Elk or Wapati (Cervus elaphus)
    • Fisher (Martes pennanti)
    • Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)
    • Ogilvie Mountains Collared Lemming (Dicrostonyx nunatakensis)
    • Woodchuck (Marmota monax)
    • Details on all reportable mammals

    Birds

    • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
    • Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
    • Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    • Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea)
    • Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
    • Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
    • Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
    • Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
    • Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
    • Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri)
    • Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
    • Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis)
    • Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina)
    • Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
    • Common Nighthawk (Chordeilis minor)
    • Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
    • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    • Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)
    • Gray-headed Chickadee (Poecile cincta)
    • Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
    • Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
    • Le Conte’s Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)
    • Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
    • Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)
    • Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia)
    • Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
    • Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
    • Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
    • Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
    • Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
    • Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)
    • Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
    • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
    • Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)
    • Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
    • Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
    • Redhead (Aythya americana)
    • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
    • Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
    • Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
    • Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
    • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)
    • Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
    • Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
    • Smith’s Longspur (Calcarius pictus)
    • Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
    • Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana)
    • Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
    • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
    • Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
    • Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
    • Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
    • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
    • Details on all reportable birds

    Invertebrates

    Beetles

    • Common Claybank Tiger Beetle (Cicindela limbalis)
    • Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica)
    • Variable Tiger Beetle (Cylindera terricola)

    Bi-valve clams

    • Yukon Floater (Anodonta beringiana)

    Butterflies and moths

    • Arctic Tiger Moth (Acerbia alpina)
    • Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona)
    • Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis l-album)
    • Kluane Tiger Moth (Arctia brachyptera)
    • Kononenko’s Dodia (Dodia kononenkoi)
    • Lafontaine’s Tiger Moth (Neoarctia lafontainei)
    • Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)
    • Nebulous Tiger Moth (Pararctia subnebulosa)
    • Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)
    • Philip’s Tiger Moth (Grammia philipiana)
    • Rockslide Tiger Moth (Holoarctia sordida)
    • Straight-lined Dodia (Dodia verticalis)

    Dragonflies

    • Boreal Snaketail (Ophiogomphus colubrinus)
    • Canada Darner (Aeshna canadensis)
  3. What plant species should I report?

    See our list of all plants you can report. This list includes information on a species habitat, distribution, conservation rank and distinguishing features.