November 28, 2018
Fiera Biological is pleased to announce that it will be offering a Wildlife Snow-Tracking for Professionals course in Edmonton, Alberta. The course will consist of a day-long classroom session on Thursday, January 10, and a day in the field on Friday, January 11, 2019.
Ideal for professionals seeking confidence in track identification, this workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to identify Alberta 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. To register, email Joseph Litke at jlitke[at]fieraconsulting.ca. Spots will be filled on a first-come basis.
Non-students / Professionals – $500.00 +tax. [Register & Pay]
(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’)
Students currently enrolled in full time studies in a natural science or related field, please contact us directly for a significant discount.
When & Where:
- Classroom Session: Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. This session will be held at the office of Fiera Biological Consulting, located at #301, 10359 82nd Avenue (Hulbert Block), Edmonton Alberta.
- Field Session: Friday, January 11, 2019 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.
- Thursday 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. You may wish to take notes, please bring your own pen and notebook. We will also discuss ways that snow-tracking is used in wildlife research and management, and cover variables considered in inferring abundance.
- 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 their own transportation to Elk Island National Park and 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.