TreeSong’s 2017 Tracking Season Begins in May!
Linda Jo Hunter, master tracker and naturalist, returns in May for another season of tracking adventures. 2016’s season included an introductory tracking class, A Walk in the Woods, Beginning and Intermediate Animal Tracking Classes in the Gifford Pinchot, including a Washington Black Bears and NW Predators class, an Oxbow Floodplain sand tracking experience, and even a Mountain Bike Tracking evening.
Linda will be expanding her tracking program in 2017, so be sure and check back in from time to time and see what the new season will offer. Linda’s classes are fabulous and highly recommended supporting an in-depth knowledge of Pacific Northwest animals and their habitats with direct learning from the land itself and the signs that wildlife leave behind.
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.
Check out Past Tracking Classes (2016)!
A Walk in the Woods: Tracking Basics & Wilderness Personal Safety at TreeSong
Saturday, May 28th, 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. Click here for more detail.
Mountain Bike Tracking (offsite)
Sunday, June 12th, 4pm-dusk
We will use mountain bikes to view tracks and possibly wildlife. This class will be an evening class on one of the longest nights of the year. Participants will meet in Carson and proceed approximately 30 miles north to a closed area. From here we will bike into a wildlife-rich area on a closed road system. The ride is approximately four miles on relatively flat terrain and not technically difficult. Beg or borrow a bike for this one as evenings in the wilderness can sometimes be magical. Bring your dinner as we will ride back around dusk.
Tracking in the Gifford Pinchot: Tracking for Practical Applications/Tracking Animals
Saturday, July 9th, 9:30 a.m. – Afternoon
Ever wonder where animals go after you see them or their tracks? This class will focus on the basics of trailing. Trailing is a skill every tracker should have and this class will take place in various substrates to give you a solid foundation. Using a step by step method developed by man trackers for search and rescue and law enforcement, trackers will learn how to trail animals. We will work in the Hemlock area of the Gifford Pinchot Forest from 10am until 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the afternoon. Meeting place will be in Carson at 9:30am. Bring lunch for lunch break in the field.
Predators of the Northwest (offsite)
Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – Approx. 2:00 p.m.
This class will concentrate on predators and their role in the habitat. The class will be in the Gifford Pinchot wherever significant wildlife activity is detected the week before class. Meeting place TBA.
Washington Black Bears (offsite)
Sunday, September 25, 10:00 a.m.- Approx. 2:00 p.m.
Join L.J. Hunter, master naturalist and tracker, as we head out into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to explore the wonderful world of Washington Black Bears. You will be part of the discovery team that will find out what the bears are up to this time of year, including what they are eating. This is a truly fabulous way to learn about the NW forest ecosystem.
Oxbow Tracking Evening
Thursday, October 6, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pull on your boots, grab your favorite field guide and join in the fun of flood plain sand tracking! Animal tracks register clearly in the sand resulting in a plethora of track viewing opportunities. We will meet at Oxbow Regional Park’s floodplain parking lot (rain or shine!). What will we be doing? Tracking in sand on the flood plain.