Wildlife Tracking and Trailing
April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 15th 5:00 – 6:30 (rain date Sunday, April 16th, 5:00 – 6:30)
Meet at the pavilion sculpture
Stephen Kraska, certified tracking instructor from Eco Acres School of Nature and Outdoors will be leading the group.
$15 per person (limited to 16)
Open to all ages 12 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult
Attire: hiking boots (mud boots), 1.5-hour outdoor exploration, dress for the weather
Explore the variety of wildlife in our area through tracks and trails. We begin with a brief overview of the identifying characteristics of tracks and trails, discussing terms, tactics, and what to look for. As we travel through the woods, meadows and wetlands, we will take time to analyze specific locations to better understand the interconnected wildlife trail systems. Participants will learn how to identify different wildlife tracks and trails, and gain insight into the stories they tell. Finally, there will be time to put new knowledge to work as you find and identify tracks and trails with your guide.
The primary focus is on larger and more numerous species but is subject to additions depending on what wildlife is currently in the area. Wildlife may include (but is not limited to): whitetail deer, raccoon, opossum, coyote, fox, skunk, squirrel, bobcat, and black bear.
This is a solid introduction into the world of tracking, but also great hands-on tracking time for more experienced trackers.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Where to look for wildlife tracks, trails and sign
- Track analysis
- Track and trail ID
- Track documentation
- Wildlife movement
- Wildlife interaction with the ecosystem
- Tactics for tracking efficiently and effectively
Registration fees are non refundable