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Three consecutive Saturdays of intensive tracking study, mentoring and field time. Learn to unlock the stories held in the tracks and trails of animals. Taken to a variety of habitats spread out through Rensselaer, Columbia and Berkshire counties, the participants will have the opportunity to see the tracks and sign of most of the mammalian residents of this area written in the snow covered landscape. 

 

Participants will come away with a good basic understanding of :

- Foot Morphology

- Body movements and locamotion

- Habitat preferences and uses

- Life cycles

- Animal behavior

- In-depth discussion on animal behavior and natural history and how the animals and their environment shape each other

- How to combine all of these to interpret the sign we find

 

This course offers something for most skill levels from novice to intermediate

 

Tracking is an excellent way to have fun in winter while getting more connected to the natural world

 

Cost: 300-400.00 per person       15% discount if you bring a friend

Dates:  Jan. 28  Feb. 5, 11

Times: 8:30- 4:00

12 Person maximun enrollment

Winter Tracking Intensive 2023

Is it a squirrel? Is it a Porcupine? is it a Fox? Spend some time with Dan Yacobellis examining animal tracks and you will learn many tools and tips to help you identify and decipher the story they tell. Tracking is as old as the hunting. An ancient art/science that helped us modern day humans become who we are.

Come explore the pristine forest and diverse habitats of Dyken Pond Environmental Ed. Center to see the tracks, trails and signs the animal residents leave behind.

 

Date: Jan. 14th

Time: 9-12

Location: Dyken Pond Environmental Ed. Center,

Grafton NY

Ages: 10-up

Registration: Dyken Pond Center

 

2022-23 Tracking Programs

Cyber Tracker Track& Sign Certifcation

Feb. 18, 19

This world renown standard of excellence in skills assessment and training is a "can't be missed" opportunity for any wildlife tracker who enjoys expanding their skill set. Both days will be full days in the field from 8:30 - 4:00 as participants are asked a total of over 50 questions on a wide range of sign. Each question gets a full breakdown and explanation before moving on to the next, so it's a deep dive tracking workshop too!

Learn more about Cyber Tracker here

 

Cost- 350 - 450 sliding scale

Location- Border areas of Columbia and Rensselaer Co.'s New York

11 person limit

This event has one spot open!

Tracking with the

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

Come explore one of the RPA conservation properties in rensselaer county. These tracts of land are usually ecologically or culturally significant parcels that are now preserved for the ecological integrity of the Rensselaer Plateau and public benefit. 

We'll get a glimpse at the wildlife that lives here and discover who our "wild" neighbors are!

 

Capital District Wildlife Tracking Club

Held in a variety of locations near the capital district of NY, this is chance to get outside with other nature enthusiasts to learn, explore and connect

When: Monthly, 2nd Sunday 

Time: 8:45- 12:30

Cost: By Donation

10 person maximum. First come/first serve.

 

Please email to receive specific location information

                   

Other Tracking Opportunities

Date: March 5th

Time: 9-12

Location: Rensselaer Plateau

Registration: TBA

Animal Tracking at The Bioreserve

Animals in the

Catskill Mountains

See what animals call this beautiful Catskill Mountain yop home as we wander the grounds of the Arboretum finding the tracks and sign they leave behind. Learn some skills to interpret those tracks correctly and get a glimpse into that animals' life.

Date: Feb. 26

Time: Morning and Afternoon sessions

Ages: Adult and Teen

Location: Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville, NY

Registration:

Animal Tracking At

Flying Deer Nature Center

Come meet the wonderful folks at Flying Deer Nature Center. Join us as we explore the grounds where countless children make life connections to nature. Learn the language of animal track & sign to see what animals make room for them as they play and learn!

Date: Feb. 26

Time: 9:00- 3:00

Ages: Adult and teen

Location: Flying Deer Nature Center, East Chatham, NY

Registration: TBA

AnimalTracking at Dyken Pond

Come wander the fields and ravines of the Bioreserve, located just on the edge of downtown Albany. This secret garden of wildness provides habitat for diverse species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Learn how to identify the animal inhabitants through the tracks and sign they leave behind and get a glimpse into their daily lives and routines.

Date: Feb. 12

Time: 9:30- 3:00

Ages: Adult centered, but families welcome

Location: The Bioreserve, Glenmont NY

Cost: Public-50.00, Seniors and Students- 25,

Kids under 12 free,

Register: Here

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