Trying to figure out if those tracks you saw are bobcat, coyote or bear and what they are up to? Join local expert Ann Hunkins to learn basic animal track and sign identification. We will go out on the trail to study gaits, how different animals move, and patterns they leave for us to read. We will also practice sensory awareness exercises, different ways to see, thinking like the animal, and gratitude. This is a beginner's class, but people with experience are welcome; there will be something for everyone to learn. Please register to help give us an idea of how many to expect. Thank you.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM LEADER:
Ann Hunkins has been studying tracking for over a decade, with Casey McFarland and Jim Lowery as well as through the Kamana program. She is a Level 3 certified tracker with Cybertracker, currently working on specialist certification. She also studies bird language, awareness and other skills our ancestors had and indigenous people today use to survive.
-Meet at the Education Building at the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
-Short indoor introduction before heading outside for practice
-Participants will be hiking 1-2 miles over varying terrain, at a slow pace
-Children are welcome, suggested for ages 8+; youth must be accompanied by an adult
-$10 per person suggested donation to help cover the costs of the program; all are welcome, regardless
- Register prior to arriving. Class is limited to 16 participants.
TIPS FOR PARTICIPANTS:
-Dress warmly in layers as most of the class is outdoors
-Wear comfortable hiking shoes that keep your feet warm and dry
-Water fountain available to refill your reusable bottle
-Feel free to bring pencil and notebook or take photos to help you remember tracking tips