A hyperlapse is a moving timelapse and, in this case, it is of the 100 mile stretch of Yukon River from Eagle, Alaska to Slaven's Roadhouse in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Complete with notable location descriptions, this virtual tour of the Yukon River is for entertainment and basic orientation purposes. Please use it as a visual and mental reference, in addition to proper river information and maps. Enjoy a boat ride down the Yukon, regardless of your location or the weather!
Looking north from Slaven's Roadhouse on the Yukon River, this short timelapse video shows the sun dip below the horizon, skirt just below the ridgeline, and rise again just a couple hours later. NPS/Josh Spice
What's that sound? Many rivers in Alaska are fed by melting glaciers. While glaciers melt and move, they grind the earth beneath them into a fine material known as silt. This silt is then deposited into the rivers by glacial meltwater, and thus into rivers like the Yukon. The silt in the Yukon River makes a 'hissing' sound as it passes over rocks and other material in the river, much like how sand or rocks make noise as they slide downhill. NPS/Sean Tevebaugh
A common sight along the Yukon River, Peregrine Falcons are often seen soaring high in the sky or swiftly diving to river banks in search of prey. These magnificent birds were not always as common as they are today, their populations declined to the point of endangerment due mostly to pesticide usage. Thanks to environmental regulations of the 1970s, Peregrine Falcons were named an endangered species, and the populations in Alaska and elsewhere have rebounded naturally over time. Scientists have been studying these birds in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve since the mid-1970s, and during an early study in 1975, 11 nesting pairs of falcons were documented. Today in similar surveys, over 50-60 pairs have been noted! This ongoing survey has been instrumental in tracking the Peregrine Falcon's natural recovery within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. In this video, listen to NPS Ecologist David Payer's recounting of this survey's history, as well as an inside look at how a survey crew finds these raptors for documenting.
Wolf biologists study wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers and Denali National Park & Preserves. Learn more about wolves in our National Parks: https://www.nps.gov/yuch/naturescience/wolves.htm NPS/Michael Letzring
Each year, Slaven's Roadhouse in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Park serves as an official dog drop for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile journey between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Fairbanks, Alaska. Well known to be one of the toughest sled dog races in the world, the Yukon Quest trail crosses some of North America's most beautiful yet unforgiving winter terrain. At Slaven's Roadhouse, mushers have the chance to take a break from their arduous journey to enjoy hot food, warm hospitality, and a quick, much needed rest. This is made possible by a dedicated team of NPS employees and Yukon Quest staff. This video shows what it's like to work at Slaven's during the Yukon Quest. NPS/Dev Dharm Khalsa & Stacia Backensto
Each year, students from Ms. Roth's 3rd grade class at University Park Elementary School in Fairbanks, Alaska, write notes on a large poster that is posted in Slaven's Roadhouse in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Slaven's Roadhouse is an optional dog drop for Yukon Quest mushers. During the Yukon Quest, while staying at Slaven's, we ask the mushers to sign the poster that the students left messages on. This year, we also recorded several mushers sending messages back to the class, and after the race concluded, showed this video to the class. The class was overjoyed to see mushers they followed in the 2016 Yukon Quest at Slaven's Roadhouse, and even more excited to see some leaving video messages for the students. NPS/Dev Dharm Khalsa & Sean Tevebaugh