Winter Wildlife Tracking on Snowshoes

Winter Wildlife Tracking on Snowshoes

Winter Wildlife Tracking on Snowshoes

Event Details

Feb 25, 2023 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Mount Baker Highway
Class Tuition
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Snowy prints left behind by winter wildlife can reveal far more than most people know. Was the animal running or walking? Was it hunting? Injured? What other animals was it interacting with?


Meet Chris Byrd - a tremendously knowledgeable tracker and natural history polymath. He’s a card-carrying professional tracker and has been studying the ecology of the Pacific Northwest for the last two decades. In this special Field Excursion, he will reveal the hidden world of animals by teaching basic tracking skills near the Shuksan Picnic Area on the Mt Baker Highway. This ecotone includes mature conifer forest and wetlands. 


We'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.


Participants should bring snowshoes, poles and any traction devices for potentially hard-packed snow as we will be walking on a snowy (but flat) Forest Service road. Each vehicle needs a Northwest Forest pass. Winter road conditions increase the risk associated with driving so please assess your comfort level and vehicle’s ability to navigate potentially snowy terrain (road is regularly plowed). 

Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Scholarships and Student, Military and Disability discounts are be available for most in-person programs. Call (360) 854-2599 for more info!