Sunday, September 13th, 9am-early afternoon
This class will concentrate on a habitat that includes wetlands, small rivers and creeks that support food for a host of different animals. Seasonal habitat assessments will supplement our previous classes in an attempt to put together a cohesive picture of the animal structure aspect of our National Forest.
The ride will be mapped out so that the tracking opportunities will break up the elevation gain (which isn’t much) and when we are done it will be a quick and painless ride back to the vehicles. Miles will vary from 4 to 7 depending upon what we find and how much time we spend in different tracking areas. Dirt road surfaces with some gravel can be expected, but nothing technical or too difficult for beginning riders.
Bring a mountain bike suitable for gravel roads, and a spare tube in case of a flat. A camera, binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray, layered clothing (including a jacket, even if it’s warm), good shoes, notebook, ruler, a field book on tracks, and water, snacks and lunch are recommended. Feel free to bring anything else that you personally need for a day in the wild.
Questions? Call 360-837-8733 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor 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.