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Women's Wildlife Tracking Intensive 2024


January - June, 2024

Dates: January 13, February 10, March 2, April 20, May 18 and June 22 (note that Sundays of the same weekend are back-up weather dates)

Variety of locations in Western Massachusetts

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. All female-identifying trackers are welcome.


Cost: $725 ($625 for early bird registration if registered and paid in full by September 1, 2023 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, 2023.

Note that enrollment for 2024 is full.


Dates for the 2025 Women's Wildlife Tracking Intensive TBD. Contact Kathy to request an application. 



Women’s Track & Sign Evaluation


June 1 & 2, 2024


Location within 30 minutes of Greenfield, Massachusetts


Evaluator Daniel Hansche (they/them) of Spur Wander will be assisted in the field by Kathy Dean (she/her) of Trotting Fox Programs. Our intention is to create a positive experience for female-identifying trackers by creating this affinity space.

Participants will have the opportunity to be certified in Track & Sign through CyberTracker Conservation.

For more information or to register, visit 

Summer Track & Sign Day


July 13 , 2024, 9am - 3:30pm

(Raindate: July 14 , 2024)


Location TBD (within 30 minutes of Greenfield, Massachusetts)


The summer season for wildlife tracking can take us to many different types of habitats, including along river banks, across sand plains and even along silt-covered roads of agricultural fields or puddle-laden dirt roads. These are places we will consider in our quest to find tracks and other sign that animals leave in their wake, and to weave together the fascinating stories of their lives, In addition to identifying tracks and trail patterns of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, we will be paying attention to many other features of the landscape which reveal the presence of animal's lifeways. All adults and all levels welcome.


Contact Kathy for more information or to register. Note that group size is limited.

Cost: $135 (early bird discount of $110 if registered by June 13th)



Stories in the Snow: Winter Wildlife Tracking 2025

In addition to the 6-month Women's Wildlife Tracking Intensive, other winter offerings will include weekend intensives, one day programs and half-day programs for all adults. Dates TBD. Stay tuned!


Contact Kathy if interested in being notified of upcoming programs.


Birding by Ear Workshops

May 11, 2024 & June 8, 2024

8am - 11am

Come to one or both!

Locations: 5/11 in Ashfield, MA

                      6/8 in Putney, VT

Have you ever wondered who is singing those love songs in the tree canopy, discreetly building a nest in your backyard, or scolding potential predators who have ventured too close for comfort? In this workshop 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. Come prepared to identify several different species by their songs and calls, and to gain deeper insight into the natural world through bird behavior and their language. All adults and all levels are welcome.

Contact Vermont Wilderness School for more information or to register.


Mammal Skulls 101

In this hands-on workshop, we 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 if they choose.

Contact Kathy if interested in scheduling a mammal skulls workshop in central New England.

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. She is also available for monthly one-on-one nature mentoring. Her areas of interest and expertise include wildlife track and sign, mammal behavior and bird language as well as the interconnections between local flora and fauna. She is also keenly interested in trees and shrubs, ferns, edible and medicinal mushrooms, edible and medicinal plants and well, every element and interrelationship of the natural world! 



Wildlife Surveys


If you are interested in learning more about who your wild neighbors are and where on the landscape you are more likely to find sign of their presence, Kathy is available to visit your land over the course of a year to undertake surveys of animal tracks and sign as well as document which resident and migratory birds are present in your area.  And if you are keen on setting out trail cameras or camera traps to capture photos or video footage of wild animals living their lives and exhibiting fascinating behaviors, she is available to guide you in locating potential hot spots for animal activity. Kathy's insatiable curiosity about the natural world and her depth of understanding of animal behavior are key to optimizing opportunities for viewing and appreciating the myriad interrelationships of wild animals  and their lifeways.


Fees for the above offerings are based on length of sessions, group sizes and potential locations. A fee structure will be sent upon request.


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

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