The Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) is commonly seen in spring and summer below our dam on the Yukon River in Whitehorse. They are ground-nesting birds, scraping out shallow depressions in soil, sand, or sometimes gravel rooftops.
Each summer, multiple pairs of these gulls nest on top of one of our Whitehorse hydro units. They seem to enjoy the heat that comes from the roof vents.
From May to early July 2018, we installed a live web cam so you could observe these birds close up and learn more about their behavior. We thank the Government of Yukon’s Wildlife Viewing Program for its knowledge and assistance in ensuring the camera was placed in a way that did not disturb the birds.
The cam has now been moved to the Whitehorse Rapids Fish Ladder so you can observe the fish travelling through the fishway, but watch for the gull cam to be installed again next spring.
For more information about gulls, visit this site.