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Wildlife Tracking Basics with Josh Wood

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wildlife Tracking Workshops in Rensselaer County

Join local tracking experts Dan Yacobellis and Josh Wood for a series of three workshops to learn animal tracks or to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops; each workshop will add a new layer to the tracking experience. The second two workshops will also include GPS mapping and documenting of all observed wildlife sign, using citizen science to contribute to an online, active map of animal activity on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Tracking Basics with Josh Wood at Albert Family Community Forest, Nassau. We will focus on learning key characteristics in track identification, and begin to unravel various track patterns and how they correspond to the way the animal was moving, providing us with insight into its behavior and a window into its life. We will also look at other types of animal sign, gaining an increased awareness of the wildlife that surrounds us.

Josh Wood is the Program Director of Flying Deer Nature Center in East Chatham. He’s an avid tracker, naturalist and wilderness skills mentor. He leads a monthly tracking club in the East Chatham area.

Online pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for each workshop. Space is limited.

Click HERE to Register!

Questions about the workshops? Contact Annie by e-mail

All participants need to sign a liability waiver, which can be downloaded HERE and returned the morning of the workshop.

Please arrive promptly by 9:45 a.m. to complete registration, get organized and be ready to hike by 10:00 a.m.  

These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Dress appropriately for the cold weather!

Wildlife tracking requires some hiking with long periods of standing while you examine the tracks you find. (this is when your feet get cold!)  We never know what we will find or how far we will actually hike.  Folks need to be in good physical condition and have adequate winter gear to be outside for the day.  Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler on the Plateau than lower elevations. Please plan on wearing what you think will keep you warm, and then add two extra layers in a back pack to bring along. Hand and foot warmers are always a good idea.

Bring snowshoes. Again, snowpack can be much deeper on the Plateau than surrounding areas. 

Plan on eating lunch outside if you are attending the full day programs. There are no indoor facilities. Pack high energy, nutrient dense foods: nuts, cheese, energy bars, dark chocolate, nut butters, oranges are all good choices. Remember to drink adequate water through the day. It is easy to become dehydrated in the winter as we tend to not feel thirsty. 

Refunds will gladly be given up to 7 days prior to the event. After that, refunds will be given only if we are able to fill your place.   

We are very excited to offer this Tracking Series this year with Josh and Dan.  Whether you're new to wildlife tracking or one of our regulars, you're in for a great day in the woods. 


Upcoming Tracking Programs

February 16, 9:30-4:00, with half-day option -- Bringing Tracking Home with Dan Yacobellis at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton. Read more HERE.

March 10 – 9:30-4:00, with half-day option – Animal Tracking in Late Winter with Dan Yacobellis at Poestenkill Community Forest, Poestenkill. Read more HERE.

Dan Yacobellis runs Tamakoce Wilderness Programs in Grafton, immersing children and adults in wilderness living experiences. He is a long-time Plateau resident and teacher, and has led many tracking outings on the Plateau.

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