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Track and Sign Certification: Southern Washington Cascades

October 25–26, 2014
hosted by Mount St. Helens Institute
contact Ray Yurkewycz
via email at ryurkewycz@mshinstitute.org
phone at (360) 891-5107
Make-or-break Date: October 11th
Meeting Time: October 25th at 8:00am
Meeting Place: Pine Creek Information Station, about 40 miles east of Woodland, WA.
Level: Medium
Requirements: Participants should be in good shape and able to hike several miles over rough terrain.
Fee: $330 (includes meals and lodging) or $250 (excludes meals and lodging. Enter the discount code "track2014" during checkout for the $80 discount. Camping onsite is still available.)
Limit: 10
Join David Moskowitz (professional wildlife tracker, biologist, author and photographer), CyberTracker Conservation International and the Mount St. Helens Institute for a Tracker Certification weekend. In wildlife research, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting wildlife monitoring data because they are low-cost, non-invasive, quick to conduct and can easily provide a broader set of ecological data. There are concerns, however, about the integrity of the data that comes from these types of surveys. In response to this need for certainty about data accuracy and to the increasing call to reintegrate field skills into conservation training, CyberTracker Conservation is making its Track & Sign Certification available as an inspiring and rigorous training tool to improve your skill level, whether you are a park ranger, biologist, naturalist, citizen scientist, student, or outfitter.

The Tracking Evaluation 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 are asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues to provide the opportunity for participants to internalize the field marks for identification. Initiating the use of Evaluations not only gives biologists and research teams an edge in identifying and relaying biodiversity but also facilitates viable contribution from the public, or “local experts.” North American Tracker Evaluations emphasize practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills. Click here for more information.

The evaluation will be based out the Pine Creek area on the southside of Mount St. Helens. Included in the cost are lunch and dinner Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday and cabin/bunkhouse accommodations on Saturday night. If Friday or Sunday night accomodations are needed, please contact Ray Yurkewycz via email at ryurkewycz@mshinstitute.org or by phone at (360) 891-5107.
Learn more and Register here