Comprehensive Tracking Intensive
This class is FREE, although pre-registration required!
Go here to learn more and register: https://www.treesongnatureawareness.org/wildlifetracking
Comprehensive Tracking Intensive
JUNE 11, 12, and 13, 2021
(Friday the 11th at noon to late afternoon on the 13th)
L. J. Hunter
This program is offered for free and at the end of the weekend, you are invited to make a donation to TreeSong.
Registration is required.
A three day field-based tracking intensive designed for all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or wish to build on knowledge gained in past tracking seasons, this program is for you.
For beginners, the guidance and conversations with more experienced trackers will be very instructive in a hands-on way. If you learn by doing, this is your class.
For more advanced trackers, here is a chance to take your specific experience to the next level. Reading the whole landscape is a skill that we all need to cultivate in order to do good work in protecting and enhancing how we live.
Comprehension of the landscape and how it is used by animals is one of the goals of the tracking community. This class introduces tools for understanding how animals use the landscape and how they coexist with each other and the human animal.
The first tool is to be able to see and identify the tracks and sign left behind by the movement and lives of animals. To that end, the class with start with an exercise to increase awareness that trackers call trailing. Students will learn to see signs of animal passage and disturbance in forest duff, grass, weeds and mud.
On Saturday morning we will add to those observation skills by focusing on feeding sign, animal scat and nesting and signs of dens and gatherings. At an area chosen for its current animal activity, the class will then map what is there. Each person will make a hand drawn map of the sign we find. This process will be continued on Sunday until we have a master map; a compilation of everyone’s observations. Throughout the process, there will guidance and collaboration. The resulting data should give us all a clear view of the stories on the landscape that make up a working habitat.
In the process of our field work we will continue using the skills of the tracker:
-Clear and blurry track identification along with foot morphology
-Gaits and Track patterns
-Feeding behavior and associated sign
-Communication behavior and sign
-Shelters, beds, nests, and temporary lays
-Trailing humans and animals
-Navigation and personal safety issues
In addition we will cover:
-Animal communication in the form of birds language
-Safety around big carnivores such as bears, wolves and cougars
-Trail assessment for human dangers
-Skills for making yourself less of an impact on the habitat
-Vehicle that can navigate back country roads
-A notebook and pencil (8 1/2 x 11 preferred, extra pencil and eraser are helpful)
-Personal clothing that will keep you comfortable in all manifestations of PNW weather (long pants, boots, jackets, sunglasses, hat)
-A day pack with food, water and anything else you need to take care of yourself
-A small chair and/or pad to sit on the ground
-Helpful items: a walking stick, binoculars, a tape measure and tracking field guides (a list of approved field guides will be provided)
The program will be limited to 10 students.
Instructors are Cybertracker certified and guest instructors are a possibility for some classes.
SOCIAL DISTANCING/SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS:
This program will be held outdoors and the exercises will be designed to provide ample distance between participants. Masking up when we’re in closer proximity is required. Thank you!
NEED A PLACE TO STAY? ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE AT TREESONG
Lodging options (covers both nights):
-camping with own gear – $50
-cot on covered porch (bedding provided) – $80
-own room in cabin – $120