Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop

August 11–12, 2017
Priest River, Idaho.
hosted by Selkirk Conservation Alliance
Enrollment: Contact SCA at 208-448-1110
Photographically documenting the intimate lives of wild animals and striking moments in the natural world requires a blend of natural history knowledge, technical skill with your equipment, and an understanding of the artistic elements of lighting, composition, and visual flow. Most excellent wildlife photographs require careful planning and execution to produce. Join professional photographers David Moskowitz and J. Michael Short for a 1.5 day photography course near Priest River, Idaho.

Course fee is $150 for SCA members, $175 for non-members; limit of 15. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot through 7/1; remainder of fee due by 7/10. Contact the SCA office for enrollment (208-448-1110).
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Fundamentals of Wildlife Tracking

August 13–14, 2017
Priest River, Idaho
Hosted by Selkirk Conservation Alliance.
Enrollment contact SCA Office at 208-448-1110
Join Wildife Photographer, Author, and Filmmaker David Moskowitz for a two-day clinic on Wildlife Tracking in the greater Priest Lake/River area.

From the tiniest shrews to bears and cougars, the signs of wild animals are around us year-round, waiting to be discovered by the observant outdoor adventurist. Humans’ unique ability to find, interpret and follow the tracks and signs of wildlife is a skill that has been a fundamental part of our relationship with the natural world from the beginnings of our species. Tracking skills, found in the traditional ecological knowledge of many cultures around the world, continues to be a fundamental field skill in contemporary wildlife research and management, hunting, recreation and environmental education.

In this two day workshop, participates train in the fundamental field skills to reliably and consistently identify and interpret wildlife tracks and other signs. The class covers how to use wildlife tracking to explore the unique biology and ecological relationships of local wildlife species to each other and their environment. How to apply wildlife tracking to help directly observe wildlife is introduced.

Course fee is $225 for SCA Members, $250 for non-members. Class will be limited to 9, must have own transporation. To register please contact the SCA Office (208.448.1110). A non-refundable fee of $100 is due at the time of registration, remainder is due by 7/15. Due to the limited class size, early registration is strongly encouraged.
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Wildlife Tracking in the Cariboo Mountains

September 1–3, 2017
A two-day workshop with David Moskowitz & Trevor Goward
Sponsors: Thompson Rivers University, the Wells Gray Wilderness Society, Edgewood Wild
Clearwater, British Columbia
The Workshop: From shrews to ravens, bear, deer and cougar, the signs of wild animals are all around us. Our ability to find, interpret and follow wildlife tracks and signs is a skill human cultures have honed from earliest days. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and other sign. We’ll learn how tracking can open a window into wildlife viewing, ecological relationships, and the secret lives of animals. As a bonus, we’ll also probe game trail theory – how deer and other animals “see” the physical world and get around within it.

Participants: This workshop is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe.

Maximum Enrolment: 12

Tuition: $200.00

To Register: If you’d like to join us, kindly send a cheque or money transfer for the full registration fee to: Lyn Baldwin, Biological Science, Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Rd, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8. E-transfers are possible but please email Lyn at lybaldwin@tru.ca beforehand. Subject to available space, and by prior arrangement, participants can register at the introductory event on the evening of Friday 1 September.

Deadline for Registration: 15 August 2017 (But the earlier the better.)

Location: The workshop will be held in the Clearwater Valley near the southern portal of Wells Gray Provincial Park – a vast wilderness preserve in south-central British Columbia. The geologic forces that shaped the Clearwater Valley – including both volcanic activity and glaciation, sometimes together – produced a landscape well known for its canyons, steep-sided mountains, fast-flowing rivers, and waterfalls to take the breath away. You can get a feeling for the area by linking here: Wells Gray World Heritage.

Venue: Indoor portions of the workshop will take place in the Thompson Rivers University Education & Research Centre, a rustic one-room school house located about 20 minutes north of Clearwater (= two hours north of Kamloops = about six hours northeast of Vancouver). Mostly, however, we’ll be out tramping about or, in the evenings, chatting around the campfire. Early September is typically dry, given to warm sunny days and cool, dewy nights. Please note: The Upper Clearwater Valley is a wild area; participants should come physically and psychologically prepared to ’rough it.

front cover of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

Accommodation: $30 total for shared accommodation in field station cabins at Thompson Rivers University Wells Gray Wilderness Centre, with rustic kitchen facilities available. Participants bring and prepare their own food. For B&B or other accommodations in the Upper Clearwater Valley, please see www.wellsgraypark.info and www.wellsgray.ca. Tent and vehicle camping is available nearby at no cost.

Recommended Reading & Equipment

David Moskowitz, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: tracking and identifying mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. (Timber Press Field Guide: 2010)

Field notebook and pencil
Small tape measure
Sturdy footwear (expect to get muddy at some locations)
Appropriate clothing for all day in the field — rain or shine
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Slideshow: Wolves in the Land of Salmon

September 28, 2017 Evening
Eugene, Oregon
Hosted by Whole Earth Nature School

Long considered an icon of the wild, wolves capture our imagination and spark controversy. Their return to the mountains, old-growth forests and wild coastlines of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions about the value of wildlands and wildlife. Join us to for an evening of stunning photography and stories from wild landscapes across the Pacific Northwest about the life history, ecology, and conservation of our region’s apex carnivore. David will be signing books after the slide show and copies of Wolves in the Land of Salmon will be available for purchase at the event.
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