Summer Wildlife Tracking

Summer Wildlife Tracking

Summer Wildlife Tracking

Event Details

Aug 21, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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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.

While we hone in on tracks, we will also learn more about animal behaviors, because the signs they leave behind are based on activities and habits: finding food, reproduction, establishing territories or staying hidden so they they don’t become someone else’s meal.

This field excursion will feature travel on uneven surfaces off-trail.

Photo by Mari Schramm