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OFFERINGS

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WOMEN'S WILDLIFE TRACKING INTENSIVE
ANIMAL TRACKING 
PROGRAMS & TRIPS

Women's Wildlife Tracking Intensive 2023

 

Dates: January 14, February 11, March 4, April 15, May 20 & June 17, 2023

(Sundays of the same weekends are backup weather dates)

Join a small group of motivated women trackers for a 6-month long wildlife tracking intensive. Programs take place in various locations in western Massachusetts (mainly) and southern Vermont (possibly) in both winter and summer months. Participants will become more proficient with their identification of track and sign of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates, learn to recognize and understand animal gaits and track patterns, and be encouraged to pursue independent learning projects.

 

This course is geared to women with prior tracking experience who are looking to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills.

It is also open to those with no prior tracking experience but who are motivated and committed to learning as these are the primary prerequisites! 

 

Cost: $650 ($550 for early bird registration if registered and paid in full by September 1, 2022 and for returning participants). A minimum $150 deposit is required to reserve a space in the program, with the remainder paid in full by December 1, 2022.

Please contact Kathy for more information or to request an application. Note that group size is limited. 

Wildlife Track & Sign:

Northeast Wildlife Trackers

October 23, 2022, 9am - 1pm

 

Join us for some autumnal wildlife tracking in western Massachusetts. As we wander the woodlands and wetlands surrounding Kathy's home, we will be on the lookout for tracks, trails and many other signs that animals illuminate the landscape with. We will focus on track and sign identification and discuss animal behavior as it pertains to the sign we encounter. Bring your curiosity and desire to get to know more about who your wild neighbors are and watch as their stories unfold! All levels welcome.

Contact Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference to register. http://northeastwildlifetrackers.org/

 

 

Winter Weekend

Track & Sign Intensive

 

February 18 - 19, 2023 

                   9am - 3:30pm        

Join a small group of adults for two full days of wildlife tracking in western Massachusetts. Over the course of the weekend, we will be on the lookout for tracks, trails and other signs that wild animals leave behind. In addition to track and sign identification, we will discuss track patterns and gaits, animal behavior and winter survival strategies. Bring your curiosity and desire to get to know more about who your wild neighbors are and watch as their stories unfold on the landscape! All levels welcome.

Cost: $235 ($200 for early bird registration if registered and paid in full by December 15, 2022) 

Please contact Kathy for more information or to request an application. Note that group size is limited.

 

 

Winter Wildlife Tracking:

Vermont Wilderness School

2023 date TBA

Join us for a day exploring the tracks and sign that animals have left behind in the woodlands and wetlands surrounding Kathy's home in western Massachusetts. All levels welcome. Contact vermontwildernessschool.org for more information or to register.

Animal Tracking: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

2023 date TBA

Join us for an invigorating winter morning of tracking wildlife in western Massachusetts. All levels welcome. Contact hitchcockcenter.org for more information or to register.

BIRDING BY EAR & OTHER WORKSHOPS

Birding by Ear Workshops

 

2023 Spring dates TBA

 

In these workshops we will be attuning our sense of hearing to the songs and calls of birds and what they are communicating with each other. Combining observation of birds’ vocalizations, behavior and movement patterns, we can deepen our understanding of the language of birds and what they have to teach us about the natural world. Not only will you learn to identify several different species by their songs and calls, but you will gain deeper insight into the natural world through bird behavior and language. All levels welcome. Contact vermontwildernessschool.org for more information or to register.

Mammal Skulls 101

October 8, 2022 

Groundnut Gathering, Montgomery, MA

1:30pm - 3:15pm

http://www.leapfrogprograms.org/groundnut-gathering.html

                         OR

October 22, 2022  

Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference, Westborough, MA

1:00pm - 2:15pm

http://northeastwildlifetrackers.org/

In this hands-on workshop, we will begin with a discussion of skull anatomy and how that relates to animals’ natural history including their sensory adaptations and behavioral tendencies. Participants will then be guided in seeking out the identity of skulls using their newfound skull “tracking” skills. Multiple species of mammal skulls will be on hand as well as some reference materials. People are also encouraged to bring animal skulls from their own collections as well as skull ID books if they choose.

Contact the above organizations for more information and to register.        

NATURE WALKS & WILDLIFE SURVEYS 

Nature Walks & Programs

 

Kathy is available for custom-tailored nature awareness programs or walks with individuals or small groups within the regions of western Massachusetts or southern Vermont. Her areas of interest and expertise include wildlife track and sign, mammal behavior and bird language as well as the interrelationships between local flora and fauna. She is also keenly interested in trees and shrubs, ferns, edible and medicinal mushrooms and other edible and medicinal plants.

Wildlife Surveys

 

If you are interested in learning about who your wild neighbors are, Kathy is available to visit your land anytime over the course of a year to undertake surveys of animal tracks and sign as well as which resident and migratory birds are present in your area. Contact Kathy to discuss your specific interests. 

Fees for the above offerings are $20/person/hour for groups sizes between 4-6 people and $15/person/hour for group sizes between 7-10 people for programs ranging between 2-3 hours in length. Discounted fees are available for longer programs. One-on-one or smaller group offerings and consultations are available as well with a different fee structure. 

Please contact Kathy to discuss your interests or any questions you may have, or to schedule time to meet in person.