Spring Wildlife Tracking

Spring Wildlife Tracking

Spring Wildlife Tracking

Event Details

Apr 25, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Blue Stilly Park
Class Tuition
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Prints left behind by wildlife can reveal far more than most people know. Was the animal running or walking? Was it hunting? Injured? Pregnant? What other animals was it interacting with?

Instructor Chris Byrd will reveal the hidden world of animals by teaching a basic tracking skillset at Blue Stilly Park in Arlington, on the banks of the Stillaguamish River. He'll cover identification of genus and species so we know who's out there, gait interpretation so we understand what was happening, how to age the tracks so we have a sense of time, and behavior to add nuance to the story that emerges.

Chris Byrd has been studying natural history along the West Coast for the last 18 years. He is interested in all aspects of our natural heritage with a special interest in mammals, birds, weather and aquatic systems. He holds a Professional Tracker Certification and has taught for several institutions in the Pacific Northwest including Alderleaf Wilderness College, Bastyr, and Western Washington University.

Beyond tracks, Byrd will teach how to recognize other wildlife signs such as fur tufts and scratches, bird alarm systems, and we'll touch on the basics of trailing wildlife.

Follow your sense of curiosity and Chris will show us how to comprehend the constant drama and mystery of the more-than-human action taking place in this beautiful creekside forest!