Coastal Animal Tracking

class
May 25–27, 2018
Hosted by Raincoast Institute
Tofino, BC
Phone: 250-725-2560
Email: info@raincoasteducation.org
From the tiniest shrews to bears and cougars, the signs of wild animals are around us year-round, waiting to be discovered by the observant outdoor adventurist. Humans’ unique ability to find, interpret and follow the tracks and signs of wildlife is a skill that has been a fundamental part of our relationship with the natural world from the beginnings of our species. Tracking knowledge continues to be a fundamental field skill in contemporary wildlife research and management, hunting, recreation and environmental education.

In this three day workshop (Friday evening until Sunday noon), participants train in the fundamental field skills to reliably and consistently identify and interpret wildlife tracks and other signs. The class covers how to use wildlife tracking to explore the unique biology and ecological relationships of local wildlife species to each other and their environment. How to apply wildlife tracking to help directly observe wildlife is introduced.
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Track and Sign Certification: Tofino BC

certification
May 28–29, 2018
Hosted by Raincoast Institute
Tofino BC
Phone: 250-725-2560
Email: info@raincoasteducation.org
This two-day course is for experienced wildlife trackers to hone their skills, and receive a widely recognized certification for their skills.

David Moskowitz provides Track and Sign Certifications through Cybertracker Conservation, an international non-profit conservation organization. Their mission is to help communities and individuals monitor their own environment by providing software that is free and easy to use by all people, regardless of their level of education, and by providing Tracker Evaluations to help people develop their practical observation skills. Cybertracker’s Wildlife Tracking Certification has become the international standard for professional and amateur certification in the field of wildlife tracking.

Cybertracker Conservation’s Track and Sign Certification is relatively simple and entirely field-based. The Evaluator selects numerous tracks and signs discovered in the field and asks participants various questions about them. Each participant is allowed to inspect the sign, search for any additional evidence to help interpret it, and answer the question. After each participant has answered a question, the entire group discusses it and the evaluator points out the features that allow for conclusive identification of the track or sign in question. Evaluations have a minimum of 40 and maximum 70 questions on them depending on field condition. Each question is ranked in difficulty based on a set of objective criteria which influences the scoring of participants’ performance. At the end of two days of evaluation, certificates are awarded as appropriate and everyone who receives a certificate is recorded in a public database of Certified trackers.
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Track and Sign Certification: Methow Valley, WA

certification
July 14–15, 2018
Hosted by Methow Conservancy
Winthrop, Washington
Contact Mary to for more details or to register at:
509-996-2870
mary@methowconservancy.org.
$200
Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. David actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and builds in lots of time for questions and discussion, too. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and you might even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker Conservation. Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot! The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. This class is also being offered October 6-7th and registration is open for that as well.
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Track and Sign Certification: Methow Valley, WA

certification
October 6–7, 2018
hosted by the Methow Conservancy
Contact: Mary Kiesau
509-996-2870
mary@methowconservancy.org
$200
Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. David actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and builds in lots of time for questions and discussion, too. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, and you might even achieve a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker Conservation. Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot! The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary to for more details or to register at 509-996-2870 or mary@methowconservancy.org.
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