Wildlife Track & Sign Certification – South Okanagan, BC – April 6-7, 2024

*** UPDATE: This event is now full. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please email me at rdshoemaker79@gmail.com ***

I am excited to host another Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification with David Moskowitz as the evaluator. The certification will take place in the South Okanagan of BC, specifically the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area and along the Similkameen River near Keremeos, BC (see below for directions).

David was for many years the lead instructor for wildlife tracking programs at Wilderness Awareness School. He is a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and outdoor educator, and has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades. View his photography and find out about classes at www.davidmoskowitz.net.
 
The CyberTracker Track and Sign Certification is an internationally applied, professional-level certification used to promote wildlife tracking and knowledge. This two-day field experience is both an assessment and a training, with an emphasis on open dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure, fresh or old. After participants give their answers for a set of questions, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to internalize field marks, wildlife behavior, and natural history. The Tracker Certifications emphasize practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills, and are unassociated with any particular philosophy or tracking school. No prior training is required to participate.

Find out more about the Cybertracker certification process at trackercertification.com.

COST  

The 2 day certification is $350 USD / $475 CAD. To secure your spot, you can either:

  1. If you are Canadian, send an e-transfer to Rob Shoemaker at:  rdshoemaker79@gmail.com
  2. If you are American, ask me to email you a payment request via Paypal

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. There is maximum of 10 participants, so register early in case it fills up quickly.

FINANCIAL AID

Cybertracker North America does offer the possibility of financial aid. For information and to apply, fill out a form on their website:

Financial Access

REFUND POLICY

  • 100 % refund (minus $25 admin fee) if you cancel before 11:59 pm PDT March 6, 2024.
  • No refund if you cancel after 11:59 pm PDT March 6, 2024. If I am able to find someone to fill your spot, there will be a 100 % refund (minus $25 admin fee). 

WHEN & WHERE

8:00 am Saturday, April 6th to 5:00 pm Sunday, April 7th (finish time is approximate).

We will meet at a trailhead parking lot on Fairview White Lake Rd (west side of White Lake Grasslands Protected Area) at 8:00am on Saturday. You will see a gravel parking lot with an information kiosk about the protected area. To find the trailhead, enter these coordinates into Google Maps:

49.301439, -119.627970

View of the trailhead parking lot.

The exact meeting location for Sunday morning will be confirmed on Saturday afternoon, but will likely be at another part of the protected area or along the Similkameen River in Keremeos.

WHAT TO BRING

Food and accommodation will not be provided and will be the responsibility of the participant. We will be outside all day on both days, so bring enough food and beverages to keep you going for a full day (about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). There will not be an opportunity to buy any food during the day.

The certification will go ahead rain or shine, so please check the forecast and dress accordingly. We will be going off-trail in grassland, forest and riverbanks, so it’s important to have sturdy footwear. There will be some hiking off trail but we won’t be travelling far between stops. Once David marks out the questions in the field, there will be quite a bit of standing around while everyone figures out their answers, so make sure you have enough warm clothes in case it’s chilly.

If you don’t have it already, I highly recommend that you buy David’s tracking book Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. It’s an excellent field guide that will help you prepare for the certification. It can purchased through his website:

davidmoskowitz.net

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