The Biodiversity Working Group is a non-government open-membership group of those involved in ongoing biodiversity assessment and monitoring projects throughout the Yukon. It is hosted through the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College and meets informally during winter months. The vision is in four basic parts: a) To foster partnerships and networking, -- including coordinated contribution to national and local initiatives relative to the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy; b) to deliver public education on biodiversity issues; c) to provide coordination among field researchers promoting long term data bases on key focal species; d) to integrate local traditional knowledge into on-going field data gathering processes.
The forum is designed as a single-day annual event, from approximately 9AM to 4PM. The purpose is to give an opportunity for a broad cross section of exposure to current field projects that relate to biodiversity assessment and monitoring in the Yukon. Posters, coffee, and lunch breaks are normally provided in the hallway immediately outside the Lecture Theatre at Yukon College. A day for community members and researchers to share information and foster partnerships, learn about Yukon plants, animals and special habitats as well as to identify knowledge gaps and species or habitats that need monitoring.
The sessions are open to all with an interest in Yukon biodiversity, its assessment, monitoring and conservation. There has been no registration fee to date.
- Dr. Scott Gilbert, Instructor, Yukon College
- School of Science, Yukon College
- Government of Yukon, (Fish and Wildlife, Parks, Heritage)
- Yukon Council of First Nations
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- Ducks Unlimited (Canada)
- Yukon Bird Club
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Arctic Institute of North America
- Yukon Science Institute
- Yukon College
- By donation: Ducks Unlimited (Can), Yukon Government (Environment), Yukon Bird Club
- Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Research - 2014 Summary
- Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Research - 2015 Summary
- The Yukon Biodiversity Working Group - Annual Forums’ Programs and Abstracts