Wildlife Tracking

Wildlife Tracking
Program Series Learning Center Programs
When Sep 22, 2017 05:00 PM to Sep 24, 2017 03:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Single Accommodations $510.00
Double Accommodations $340.00
Triple Accommodations $255.00
Quadruple Accommodations $255.00
Cost with no Lodging $255.00
Clock hours 18.0
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Animals are masters of camouflage, but if you train your eyes to recognize the signs they make, you have the ability to see who is around and what they are up too. Join Marcus Reynerson, a longtime wildlife tracker and teacher at the Wilderness Awareness School, to explore the North Cascades near the Environmental Learning Center and see what animal sign we can see.

The class will start off with an informative presentation on Friday night on basic tracking principles and signs to look out for. Saturday and Sunday will be spent in the field, looking for signs and uncovering the stories the signs are telling us. We look to the landscape to tell us where to look. Like backcountry travelers, animals look for the path of least resistance, for cover and for viewpoints. Will we see otter, bear or cougar tracks? Great blue heron or raven? Marten or deer? The possibilities are exciting.

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.

Marcus Reynerson is the Anake Outdoor School Coordinator and Tracking Intensive Instructor for Wilderness Awareness School. He earned a degree in Environmental Studies for Miami University in Oxford, OH. He went on the server as a Conservation Programs Director for Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico. Marcus went through the Anake program at Wilderness Awareness school where his friend and mentor, David Moskowitz. He is a certified Track and Sign Specialist. He spends his work days teaching and mentoring future tracking specialists.

This field excursion will feature travel on uneven surfaces off-trail. Location and activities are weather-dependent.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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Field Guide to North Cascades Institute