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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Workshop Menu

BEGINNERS of all Ages 
Tracking Detectives - Summer: A 1-hour webinar hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and presented by Joseph Litke. Participants will receive a 1-hour presentation on the fundamental techniques for identifying and interpreting tracks and other wildlife traces during the snow-free season, with time for questions afterwards.  
Who: This is a perfect entry level tracking webinar for the whole family.
Duration: approximately 1 hour
Cost: Its Free! - thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Location: Online in the comfort of your own home.
Next Workshop: Monday, May 31, 2021, 6:30 pm.
Register: Link coming Soon. 
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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: April 11, 2021, 9:00 am.
Learn More: Here
Register: Here
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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: April 10, 2021. 9:00am to 4:30pm
Learn More: Here
Register: Here 
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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: We currently have no Snowtracking Field Essentials workshops scheduled at this time.
Learn More: Here
Registration: Not available at this time
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INTERMEDIATE To ADVANCED
Snow Tracking for ProfessionalsThis 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: No workshops scheduled at this time.
Registration: Not available at this time
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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. 
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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. Find out about Custom Courses here. 
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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