Spring - Jim Hawkings

Is climate change affecting areas like Swan Haven where swans and other birds gather each spring? We know that our climate in Yukon is generally warming, but can we see that with our own eyes when we look at the same place over many years? This is a collection of photos taken in early spring over the past years around the Yukon Southern Lakes stretching from Lake Laberge south to Johnson's Crossing and Carcross, focussing on wetlands that open early in the Spring.  Each photo has embedded location information...you can view it's location on a map by clicking the "info" in the lower right, then on the "map" tab in the "photo info" panel that appears.  The title and the first part of the file name indicate the date the photo was taken (yyyymmdd).

These aerial survey flights generally took place on the same dates each year: 24 April and 8 May.

The first folder contains all the photos taken on each flight (lots of them).  This is where you might find areas of particular interest to you.

The second folder "Selected Photos by Area" has hand-picked photos showing similar views of a particular area over the years, making comparisons easier.

What do you think -- is spring getting earlier, later, or is there no trend?

These photos were obtained during flights conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service (1986-2014), and with aerial support from LightHawk (2016 - present).