January 14, 2019
Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals.
We are very excited to announce that we will be conducting a Wildlife Snow-Tracking for Professionals course in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
If you are a professional, an aspiring professional, or a keen naturalist, this is a great course for you. A 50/50 mix of class room and practical field work will help hold your attention, lay a foundation for life-long niche skillset. The course will consist of a day-long classroom session on Monday, February 4th, and a day in the field on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.
Ideal for professionals seeking confidence in track identification, this workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to identify wildlife tracks in snow. Suitable for beginners and experts, the course will cover the kinds of data that can be collected, and the ways data can be used infer information about individuals and populations, in addition to the basics of snow track identification. Over the course of two days, participants will work towards accurate, confident, and efficient identification of similar species.
Instructor: Joseph Litke
Joseph is a co-founder and Sr. Biologist with Fiera Biological and has nearly 20 years of environmental research and management experience throughout western Canada and the Yukon. Over his career, Joseph has been involved in the design and implementation of a wide range of wildlife research and monitoring projects, including work on wolves, caribou, small mammals, songbirds, and fur-bearers. He was instrumental in developing winter tracking protocols for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), and managed large scale monitoring initiatives for the ABMI for over 10 years. As part of services provided to the ABMI during that period, Joseph developed an instructional program for teaching consultants and ABMI staff to accurately identify tracks of Alberta wildlife species in snow. Joseph is certified Level III in Wildlife Track & Sign interpretation by the international standard for evaluating track and sign interpretation skills, CyberTracker, making him among the most qualified in Canada. He is widely recognized as one of the most experienced wildlife trackers in Alberta, and has managed and conducted track surveys on an impressive range of winter-occurring terrestrial species throughout Alberta, including; caribou, deer, moose, mountain goat, marten, weasel, and small mammals (mice and voles).
This Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals course will be limited to 16 individuals. For more information you may email Joseph Litke at jlitke[at]fieraconsulting.ca. Spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Registration opens January 15th, 2019.
$500.00 +tax. [Register & Pay] 50% discount for full-time students. Contact us directly for a discount code.
(Please note that we are using Zone4 Event Registration, and as such, the charge on your credit card will be from ‘Zone4.ca Canmore, AB’).
When & Where:
- DAY 1 – Classroom Session: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. This session will be held on the University of Saskatchewan Campus at the at the National Hydrology Research Centre, Room 1261, located at 11 Innovation Blvd, Saskatoon, SK. [Google Map] [UofSCampus_Map].
- DAY 2 – Field Session: Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Location has not been finalized, but may be as far as Prince Albert National Park. The schedule for the field session will be from aproximately 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (longer if there is interest), but will depend on location. More information to follow as it becomes available.
- Day 1 will consist of slide presentations and instruction that will cover some basic tracking skills, providing a foundation for getting the most out the field day. A wide range of species will be covered in some detail, you may wish to take notes, please bring your own pen and notebook.
- Day 2 will be a field day. The field site has been arranged with PA National Park that coincides with an active snow-track monitoring transect. We will meet on site, ready to meet the elements and begin tracking by 10:30 am. We will practice what we learned in the classroom, and learn a few more tricks as well. Participants are expected to provide/arrange their own transportation to the field site, should bring a lunch, and are expected to dress appropriately for walking and standing around in the cold. A notebook, a camera, and a tape measure are all recommended for the field session, but not required. I am told that conditions in the area warrant the use of snow-shoes if you have them.