Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 AM – 7 PM along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum, WA with Prerequisites: Previous Saturday, or previous wildlife tracking program with the Wolf College or significant trackers training elsewhere; also excellent walking shape over uneven terrain.
Join us at our next Wolf Trackers Training Workshop in the territory of the wolf pack nearest to Seattle.
5:00 PM Orientation Dinner together at the Sunset Cafe
6:00 PM Drive to Teanaway to place wildlife cameras.
8:00 PM Campfire Review of Wolf Status & Tracking Strategies
10:00 AM Find & Trail Fresh Tracks
5:00 PM Dinner Break
9:00 AM Check Wildlife Cameras & Tracks in Vicinity
Background on Wolf Trackers:
Wolf Trackers is a project of the ConservationCollege with a goal to gather hunters and sportsmen, ranchers and farmers, wildlife scientists and conservationists, dog lovers and animal rights activists among others, and bringing them together to increase knowledge about wolves in hopes of helping to balance wolf ecology policies in North America. Update: We at the Wolf College feel the pendulum has swung too far against wolves in the past couple of years, and we want to help to bring the pendulum back to center.
During workshops we review recent changes to wolf politics and ecology, review wildlife tracking methods, and then caravan to our tracking sites where we will focus on seeing all aspects “sign” important to wolf tracking. In this regard, we will prepare ourselves for upcoming actions to support wolves and educate our fellow citizens. We also assess agreements for our group, share resources, and prioritize tasks that need to be addressed between trainings.
Our current focus is to • develop wolf tracking skills, • educate ourselves with facts, • clarify goals and strategies, • train ourselves to develop conflict resolution skills for internal group function and for dealing with the public, • educate our constituencies, the public and politicians with facts about wolf ecology and mythology, • develop standard operating procedures for volunteer work, • volunteer services when requested, such as acting as citizen volunteers for wolf monitoring programs, • consider requests from hunting guides, ecotourist and environmental organizations, government agencies, shepherds and cattlemen who would like assistance for on-the-ground wildlife assessments in their areas of concern.
Participation agreements: • Animal lovers in the group agree to bring compassion for those who fear wolves, and we understand that like wolves, sportsmen bring balance to wildlife, and have been some of the most successful conservationists in American history. In addition to wolves, sheep and cattle also need to be protected, especially on private lands. • Sportsmen in the group agree to continue a rich tradition of conservation, supporting scientific wildlife management, and we consider wolves who prey on healthy large game populations as a good challenge rather than an impediment to hunting. • Ranchers and shepherds in the group agree to bring pride for the hard work it takes to make modifications allowing for wolves on the edges of rural areas, and also come willing to discuss the impact of public land grazing on our shared natural resources including wildlife. • Everyone who attends a Wolf Trackers Training can express his or her opinion, while also respecting the opinions of others. No matter your background – wildlife photographer, fisherman, hunting guide, cattleman, sheep producer, hiker, backpacker or animal rights activist – we welcome your input.
Cost is by Donation to Max Davis Scholarships:
• $65 Donation Recommended if this is your first time at a Wolf Trackers Training and none of the qualifications below apply.
• $60 Donation Recommended for a second friend/family member, or if you attended one of our introductory afternoon or evening wildlife classes, or have earned a Level I Cybertracker Certificate, or if you are a local property owner in the area where we are running the workshop, or if you are a current conservation volunteer such as with Wolf Haven or the Sierra Club.
• $55 Donation Recommended for a third friend/family member, or if you attended a previous wildlife tracking workshops with us, or if you have earned a Level II Cybertracker Certificate,or if you have a current SAR ID Card.
• $50 Donation Recomended for a fourth friend/family member, or if you attended two previous wildlife tracking workshops with us, or if you have earned a Level III Cybertracker Certificate, or if you have a Master Hunters License.
• $45 Donation Recommended per additional friend/family member, or if you covered this subject at one of our camps/expeditions, or attended three previous wildlife tracking workshops with us, or if you attended our 5 Day Course: Tracking Wolf Country: From Birds to Big Critters: Cougar, Bear, Elk and the Teanaway Pack.
Registration: Who & How
Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian.
Check/Mail Registration Option: Send a check donation payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 along with a completed registration form. Balances will be due upon arrival at the workshop.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Or email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch.
Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.
Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including snacks, lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc., but especially with appropriate clothing including rain gear and waterproof footwear. Also, bring along a set of binoculars, digital camera, and if you don’t have a birding field guide yet and wish to purchase one, we recommend: Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest by David Moskowitz, among others.
See http://www.wolfcollege.com/classes-workshops/weekend/wildlife-tracking-and-trailing-animals-like-wolves-cougars-bears-elk-deer/ for other workshop options, and if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Tracking Wolf Country: From Birds to Big Critters