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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
Learn more and register here