Forget neoprene and gortex - just dress me up for winter in whatever an American Dipper wears! Waterproof & coldproof in our wet, wind and snow. pic.twitter.com/IOoILgHeyd Retweeted by Fiera Biological

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Wildlife Tracking Skills Development

Instructor: Joseph Litke

At Fiera Biological we believe that that wildlife tracking is a powerful, under-utilized, and often poorly practiced tool in conservation, and we are committed to raising the tracking skill-level of wildlife and habitat professionals through our wildlife tracking skills development courses and workshops.

We also believe that anyone and everyone can learn to be a tracker and can benefit from learning about tracks. More importantly, we know that tracking instills a deeper knowledge of, appreciation for, and connection with the natural world, and we understand that knowledge, appreciation, and connection inspires advocacy, conservation, and protections for wildlife and wild places. That’s why we also engage non-professionals and everyday citizens to learn about tracks and increase their wildlife tracking skills. That way they can know and love wildlife and wild places as we do, and maybe be inspired to help us and others protect them.

Fiera offers a suite of wildlife tracking skills development oportunities through track and sign identification and interpretation courses and workshops designed to engage beginners and professionals alike.

Courses & Workshops

Fully outdoors and socially distanced options available

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Snow Tracking for Professionals: This Snow-tracking for Professionals course is focussed on building track identification skills to identify winter-occurring wildlife tracks and sign accurately and efficiently. Ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience. Perfect as a pre-season primer for your snow-tracking project crew. This course consists of one full day of classroom work, followed by a day of practical learning in the field. Learn more.

Snow Tracking Field Essentials: This worksop consists of a single field-based day of learning and practice. It’s open to anyone, but is ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience. Perfect as a pre season primer for your snow-tracking project crew. Learn more.

A Day in the Wilderness with a Tracker: This worksop consists of a single field-based day of learning and practice. The pages and pictures in your favourite field guides are a wealth of information, but nothing compares to a walk in the woods with a knowledgeable teacher. Spend the day with a small group of like-minded nature-curious individuals on a day hike in a local wilderness park or natural area. When we see something interesting, we will stop, watch, investigate, and learn together. Learn the key questions to ask while viewing wildlife or encountering wildlife tracks and sign. Nature will set the syllabus, and learning will only be limited by the endurance of our curiosity (and the available daylight). This workshop can be conducted at any time of year, though the focus and curriculum may change from season to season. Learn more.

A Stroll in the Park with a Tracker: This is a 3 to 4-hour walking workshop, and is the shorter/tamer version of our Day in the Wilderness with a Tracker workshop. It will consist of a half day stroll in an easily accessible area talking about wildlife tracks and signs. Its a perfect entry level tracking workshop for beginners or individuals looking for a shorter day in an easily accessed and less rugged area. Learn more.

Fun with Tracks: This 1 to 2-hour walking workshop is designed to inspire and spark curiosity and is suitable for kids and adults from 12 years old and up who want to learn about tracks. It’s ideal as an extra-curricular class activity, as part of youth organization programming such as that of Scouts, Jr Forest Wardens, Boys & Girls Clubs, and 4H. Try it as a team building corporate activity or even a corporate Christmas party primer. Learn more.

Custom Courses: If you need a course in a custom location (i.e. not here in Edmonton, AB), or if you have particular needs regarding the content, focus, or duration, etc. we want to help you out. Learn more.

CTV news films tracking expert, Joseph Litke, as he points out important features for identifying animal tracks in snow to a group of wildlife professionals. Photo Credit: Aerin Jacobs
CTV news films tracking instructor, Joseph Litke, as he points out important features for identifying animal tracks in snow to a group of wildlife professionals. Photo Credit: Aerin Jacobs