Tracking Classes with L.J. Hunter

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Tracking for Personal Safety    

Sunday, July 13th, 10am-4pm

Enhance your hiking and wilderness skills in a one-day workshop, which will leave you safer, more observant and confident whether you hike with a group or alone.   Hands on skills include being able to see tracks of humans and animals in Northwest forest duff, assessing a trailhead and your personal security, interfacing with large animals of all kinds, using effective defense methods and seeing more wildlife.  Fieldwork will be physically easy and mentally challenging.

If you have already taken the first class you will benefit from this class because seeing sign in the step-by-step exercise changes as the seasons change.  Added to this class will be more work on animal sign, animal field guides and other  tools that help answer natural history questions.  Your hikes can be enriched by the discovery of what animals have been there, how long ago, and what they were doing.  The class will be designed to give the ongoing student more work in preparation for the August class.

Tracking for Practical Applications/Tracking Animals 

Sunday, Aug. 3

Having taken one or both of Linda’s previous classes will ready students to participate in trailing work and an open book evaluation class in animal tracking.  These two exercises are both a lot of fun.  Normally tracking schools don’t get to these exercises for years because they take considerable skill.  We will make a start in that direction by doing easier, safer versions of them.  If new students want to join us, they will be assigned to  advanced students who will mentor them through the exercises.

Class will meet at between 9:00 and 9:30 in Carson, Washington at the gas station and convenience store on the left as you leave town heading north. We will caravan to the tracking site, with a goal to start class at 10:00 AM
Students should be prepared for off trail walking in tall grass and weeds with shoes and long pants.
Recommended items:
A small notebook and pen or pencil
Something to sit on on the ground.
Water, lunch and snacks
Sunscreen, hats and bug repellent if desired
An animal tracking field guide (you can check one out of the library, or if you want to buy one email me for recommendations)
Camera optional
A small daypack and a walking stick are good ideas.
The area we will be working in is between 1200 and 2000 feet so the weather there could be different and changeable. Prepare accordingly.
Email 4linda@gorge.net if you have questions.

Cost:  $50 per class (Discounted rate of $90 for both classes)

 (Kids under 19 must be accompanied by a parent,  under 12 will be considered on a case by case basis.)

To Register:  Call Michelle, 360-619-2207, or email us at:  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

LindaInstructor L. J. Hunter is the author of “Lonesome for Bears” Lyons Press 2008, a co-founder of the International Society of Professional Trackers and is certified by CyberTracker Conservation in Track and Sign, as well as by Universal Tracking Services in human tracking. Further experiences include man tracking for Search and Rescue interspersed with natural history studies and a former brown bear viewing guide in an outback Alaskan Lodge.

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