Track and Sign Certification: Marin and Sonoma California

certification
April 8–9, 2017
Hosted by Weaving Earth
WHERE: Marin & Sonoma Counties *Exact locations are dependent upon weather and advance scouting done one week prior to the event by the evaluator. Details will be emailed to participants once locations have been selected
WHEN: April 8-9, 2017
COST: $295
EVALUATOR: David Moskowitz
REGISTRATION: Space is limited! To secure your spot in the program, please fill out the form below. Upon submitting, you will be taken to an online payment page. If you would prefer to pay via check or cash, please contact dave(at)weavingearth(dot)com
The CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System is a tool designed to establish reliable, standardized wildlife tracking skills. Further, the certification process provides a structure and forum in which to invigorate and enhance one’s field skills and knowledge of natural history, whether you are a biologist, citizen scientists, environmental educator, guide in ecotourism, or a regular citizen interested in the world around you.

The Track and Sign Certification is a two-day practical field test that emphasizes open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to learn and for each of us to internalize the field marks used for identification.
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Fundraiser: Mountain Caribou Haiku Slam, Greater Seattle Area, Washington

presentation
April 15, 2017 Evening
Save the Date!

More information to come on this fun event filled with poetry, stories from Caribou country, sneak peaks at our forthcoming film project and unreleased photography heading for a forthcoming book on Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest!

Collaboration for Causes: Seattle Washington

presentation
May 5–6, 2017
Visual Storytelling for Conservation and Social Justice
Hosted by Blue Earth Alliance
Seattle Washington.
If your interested in learning more about how to put your photography and videography skills to work for progressive change, this event is for you! Along with an amazing line up of other presenters, David will be presenting at this amazing gathering on "Mountain Caribou Initiative: Fundraising and public engagement in conservation storytelling".

Hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by Blue Earth Alliance, we bring together socially conscious businesses, non-profits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. Watch videos from the last three years of Collaborations for Cause thanks to the generous sponsorship of PhotoWings.

Blue Earth Alliance believes documentary photography and filmmaking inspire positive change. We support visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues through assistance to over 100 photographers and filmmakers, and a growing collaborative community of professionals.
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Coastal Wildlife Tracking: Tofino, British Columbia

class
May 26–28, 2017
Hosted by Raincoast Education Society
Tofino British Columbia.
Friday evening until Sunday noon
280 CAD (includes lunch Saturday and Sunday)
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 knowledge continues to be a fundamental field skill in contemporary wildlife research and management, hunting, recreation and environmental education.

In this three day workshop (Friday evening until Sunday noon), participants 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.

David Moskowitz is author and photographer of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon (Timber Press). He is a certified Track and Sign Specialist through Cybertracker Conservation International, the international standard for wildlife tracking certification, for which he is also an evaluator. David works as a biologist, photographer, and educator across North America and beyond.
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Track and Sign Certification: Tofino British Columbia

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May 29–30, 2017
When: May 29 & 30, 2017
Where: Tofino, BC *exact locations will be determined prior to the course. An email with updated locations will be sent to participants.
Contact: info@raincoasteducation.org, 250-725-2560
Cost: $300 CAD
The North American CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System is a tool designed to establish reliable, standardized wildlife tracking skills. The certification structure actively engages participants in the process of identification and interpretation of tracks and signs encountered in the field. The candid environment that defines the discussions of each question during the event provides the opportunity for participants to share their thoughts openly and ask detailed questions of the evaluator. All evaluators are both exceptionally skilled in the field of wildlife tracking and are also capable communicators who draw on cutting edge research in the fields of wildlife biology and tracking to explain tracks and signs in the field.

Evaluations strive to expose participants to the widest possible diversity of tracks and signs in the event locale. The format of certification events is entirely field based. This structure provides participants with focused mentorship from evaluators in the practical observational techniques and thought processes required to efficiently and accurately interpret tracks and signs found in typical field conditions.

Cybertracker Conservation’s Track and Sign Certification is relatively simple and entirely field-based, two-day course. The Evaluator selects numerous tracks and signs discovered in the field and asks participants various questions about them. Each participant is allowed to inspect the sign, search for any additional evidence to help interpret it, and answer the question. After each participant has answered a question, the entire group discusses it and the evaluator points out the features that allow for conclusive identification of the track or sign in question. Evaluations have a minimum of 40 and maximum 70 questions on them depending on field condition and each question is ranked in difficulty based on a set of objective criteria which influences the scoring of participants’ performance. At the end of two days of evaluation, certificates are awarded as appropriate and everyone who receives a certificate is recorded in a public database of Certified trackers. For a complete outline of the certification process, various certification levels, and for a list of certified trackers from around the world visit: cybertracker.org/tracking/evaluations.

The course evaluator, David Moskowitz, works as a biologist, photographer, and outdoor educator. He is the author of two books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands. Find out more about his work at http://davidmoskowitz.net/.
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Track and Sign Specialist: Washington Cascades

certification
June 24–25, 2017
Snoqualmie Pass, Washington and surrounding areas.
Holding a Level III certificate strongly recommended for participation in this event.
Contact: Annabel Brennon
Phone: (802) 579-8021
Email: annabeltbrennan@gmail.com
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Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop

class
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

class
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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Slideshow: Wolves in the Land of Salmon

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

MORE INFORMATION TO COME
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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