Get wise to the wildlife making tacks and leaving traces in our urban parks by participating in this beginner-friendly introduction to wildlife tracks!
Event Summary Date: April 11, 2021 Location: Mill Creek Ravine Park, Edmonton Instructor: Joseph Litke Maximum Participants: 8 Registration
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Track Wise is a 2 to 3-hour beginner-friendly introduction to the wildlife tracks, in your local park and is meant to awaken the wildlife tracker within you. This walking workshop is rich with learning and consists of a guided walk in an easily accessible area talking and learning about wildlife tracks and signs, habitat, and nature. This is a perfect entry level workshop for the nature curious, beginner trackers, or individuals looking for a shorter day in an easily accessed and less rugged area than our other field-based workshops.
Do you find yourself looking at the tracks along a sandbar or wet section of trail, or a snow-covered field, and wonder “what animal made those tracks?” Join us and other like-minded nature-curious individuals on a walk at a local park. When we see something interesting, we will stop, watch, investigate, and learn together. See bird nests, and tracks, and learn the key things to look for to help know what animal is responsible. Learn the key questions to ask while viewing wildlife or encountering wildlife tracks and other traces. Find evidence of animals foraging for food, animal sleeping areas, dens and burrows. Nature will set the syllabus, and we will keep investigating and learning until we run out of time. This walking workshop can be conducted at any time of year, though the focus and curriculum may change from season to season. Join us to become Track Wise, and wake the wildlife tracker within you.
Duration: 2 to 3 hours of outdoor learning
Prerequisites: None. Track Wise workshops are meant to be welcoming to the beginner tracker. Participants should be fit enough to spend a few hours strolling along an established path in outdoor conditions.
**Note: at this time, participants must be adults of 18 years or older on the date of the event**
Preparation: This course will be comprised of a short half-day outside, and may be scheduled for any time of year. Come prepared with appropriate footwear for the conditions, and clothes for all manner of weather. Bouts of inactivity during instruction are likely to occur. In summer the best tracks are often found in mud, keep this in mind when choosing footwear.
Edmonton Courses: When offered in the Edmonton region, field portions of this course are held at Mill Creek Ravine Park, right in Edmonton.
Fees for scheduled courses: $40 per participant
Custom Courses: Custom, on-location Track Wise workshops are available by request at any time of year. Help selecting a suitable location in your area is appreciated. This offering is perfect for outdoor clubs, and nature groups. Learn more about custom workshops.
Outcomes: by the end of this workshop, participants will:
- have an introductory understanding of how deductive reasoning is used to help identify tracks
- be aware of some of the pitfalls inherent from learning only from field-guides
- have an introductory understanding of how trackers assess the age of tracks
- have exposure to a variety of wildlife tracks
- have reviewed basic track morphology for different groups of animals
- have learned techniques for documenting tracks, including taking photographs
- understand the importance of broader ecological knowledge and awareness of habitat, season, time of day, and the environment in wildlife tracking and continued improvement
- be aware of the influence of substrate on track appearance