Wildlife Tracking Workshops
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 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 opportunities through track and sign identification and interpretation workshops designed to engage beginners and professionals alike.
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BEGINNERS Become a Wildlife Detective: Summer Tracking for Beginners. A 1-hour web-based workshop for free thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Learn and practice some of the fundamental techniques for identifying and interpreting tracks and other wildlife traces. Who: Beginners and people of all ages. Duration: approximately 1 hour plus time for questions. Cost: FREE !! thanks to the NCC! Location: Web-based via Zoom, and will be focussed on wildlife of Alberta and Saskatchewan. When: May 31, 2021, 6:30 pm MT. Learn More: Here Register: CLOSED Supplemental Material: Download Have questions? Contact us
BEGINNERS Track Wise: A 2-hour walking workshop in an easily accessible local natural area. Participants will learn and practice some of the fundamental techniques for identifying and interpreting tracks and other wildlife traces. Who: Track Wise is a perfect entry level tracking workshop for beginners or individuals looking to see what tracking is all about. Duration: approximately 2 hours Cost: $40+tax Location: Mill Creek Ravine, Edmonton - location details provided closer to the workshop date. Next Workshop: Due to risk of contagion and current AHS restrictions we have suspended offerings of this workshop temporarily. Learn More: Here Register: Here Have questions? Contact us
BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE Wildlife Tracks & Traces: This is a full day of wilderness hiking with a focus on seeing, identifying, and interpreting the tracks and other signs that wildlife leave behind. Because nature sets the syllabus for this workshop, it is never the same. It can be conducted at any time of year, though the focus and curriculum may change from season to season. Who: Wildlife Tracks & Traces welcomes any level of experience, but it is best suited to participants with some basic knowledge of wildlife and ecology. Duration: 6 to 8 hours Cost: $100+tax Location: Typically Cooking Lake Blackfoot Recreation Area or another wilderness natural are near Edmonton - location details provided closer to the workshop date. Next Workshop: Due to risk of contagion and current AHS restrictions we have suspended offerings of this workshop temporarily. Learn More: Here Register: Here Have questions? Contact us
INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED Snow Tracking Field Essentials: The focus of this workshop is accurate identification of tracks in snow. This worksop consists of a single field-based day of learning and practice. Who: This workshop is open to anyone, but is ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience with wildlife. Perfect as a pre season primer for your snow-tracking project crew. Duration: A full day, 6 to 8 hours Cost: $200+tax Location: Typically Elk Island National Park or Cooking Lake Blackfoot Recreation Area Next Workshop: Tentatively December, depending on snow conditions. Learn More: Here Registration: Not available at this time Have questions? Contact us
INTERMEDIATE To ADVANCED Snow Tracking for Professionals: This two-day workshop is focussed on building track identification skills to identify winter-occurring wildlife tracks and sign accurately and efficiently. Who: This workshop is ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with some tracking knowledge or experience, and can work as a "crash course" for less experienced trackers. Participants should have some basic knowledge of wildlife and ecology. Duration: Two days. 8 hours of classroom, 8 hours of field. Location: Field is typically at Elk Island National Park When: Tentatively December, depending on snow conditions.. Registration: Not available at this time Have questions? Contact us
BEGINNER to ADVANCED Track and Sign Certification Workshop -- Edmonton Region. Limited to 10 participants. Who: Anyone who is interested in spending two full days learning about the identification and interpretation of wildlife tracks. The potential for achieving a certification may be particularly relevant to advanced trackers, wildlife professionals, outdoor educators, and guides. Duration: ~16 hours -- two full days of field-based learning Location: TBA - Edmonton region When: October 16 & 17, 2021 Learn More: Here Register: Here [this workshop has sold out] Contact us to get on a waiting list. Have questions? Contact us