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Yukon

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Yukon mapYukon is the western-most Canadian territory.  Whitehorse is the capital city.

The Yukon Territory is bordered on the Western side by the U.S.  State of Alaska.  To the north is the Beaufort Sea and to the south is the Province of British Columbia.

You can find out a lot of interesting information about the territory at http://www.gov.yk.ca/

 

Tlingit totems

Photo by Leanne Guenther
Tlingit Totem in Teslin, Yukon

 

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Yukon flagThe Territorial Flag

The flag of the Yukon was adopted in 1967 as the result of a territory wide design contest.  The central white panel represents the ice and snow of the region while the green and blue side panels represent the forests and lakes.  The central shield is the Territorial shield. 

Below the shield are two sprays of fireweed -- the territorial flower.
 

Yukon flower

Photo by Leanne Guenther
Fireweed

The Territorial Flower

Fireweed (epilobium angustifolium), was chosen as the Yukon's floral emblem in 1957.  Fireweed blooms nearly all summer long and can be seen along roadsides, rivers and clearings.  

The name "fireweed" comes from the fact that this plant is among the first to sprout in areas where forest fires have occurred.

Yukon birdThe Territorial Bird

The official bird of the Yukon is the raven (Falco rusticolus).  It was adopted as the official bird in October, 1985.

Ravens are found throughout the territory -- feeding on carrion, leftover french fries and picnic lunches if you don't watch them closely enough (I know this one from personal experience *laugh*)

I was surprised to learn that ravens mate for life.  They are large members of the crow family with glossy black feathers.  They lay clutches of 4 to 7 green spotted eggs.

 

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