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Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals.

We are pleased to announce our Wildlife Snow-Tracking for Professionals course in Edmonton, AB, from January 15th to 16th, 2020. Space is limited.

If you are a professional, an aspiring professional, or a keen naturalist, this will be a great course for you. A 50/50 mix of classroom and practical fieldwork will help hold your attention, while laying the foundation for a life-long niche skillset. The course will consist of a day-long classroom session on Wednesday, January 15th, and a day in the field on Thursday, January 16th, 2020.

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 touch on the kinds of data that can be collected, and the ways data can be used to infer information about individuals and populations, in addition to the core focus: the fundamentals 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 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 work specifically on; caribou, deer, lynx, marten, moose, mountain goat, weasel, wolves, and small mammals (mice and voles).


This Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals course will be limited to 8 individuals. For more information you may email Joseph Litke at jlitke[at] Spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Registration opens December 1, 2019. Registration closes January 10, 2020.


$500.00 +tax. [Registration Link] 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 ‘ Canmore, AB’).

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When & Where:

  • DAY 1 – Classroom Session: Wednesday, January 15th,  2020 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. This session will be held in Fiera Biological Consulting’s Conference Room located at 301, 10359 82 avenue NW, Edmonton.


  • DAY 2 – Field Session: Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (longer if there is interest). We will meet at the Tawayik Lake shelter in Elk Island National Park (subject to change to a similar location pending permits).


  • The Classroom Session 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.
  • Friday will be a field day. 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. Conditions in the area may warrant the use of snowshoes, so bring them if you have them – a limited number will be available to borrow for the day.
  • Take note that snowshoeing takes considerable able-bodied and cardiovascular fitness; please objectively consider your abilities before registering.

Course Schedule: Wildlife Snowtracking Course Schedule_Edmonton_2020-01-15&16


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