Saturday, March 26, 2016 In-Service Training with no prerequisite from 11:00-5:00 near Tacoma WA
11:00 Overview of Washington Wolves
12:00 Overview of Tracking Wolves
12:30 Lunch Break
1:00 Intensive Training on Tracking Washington Wolves
5:00 Dinner & Questions
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 8 AM – 8 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.
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
9:00 AM Find & Trail Fresh Tracks
10:00 AM for Intro Trainings: NW Wolf Status
11:00 AM for Intro Trainings: Wolf Tracking Primer
12:30 Wolf Tracking Challenge
1:00 PM for Intro Trainings: Map, Compass & GPS Nav Training
2:00 PM for Intro Trainings: How We Got Here
3:00 PM for Intro Trainings: How We Get There
4:00 PM for Intro Trainings: Optional Field Primer
5:00 PM Return from field when group wishes.
8:00 AM Check Wildlife Cameras & Tracks in Vicinity
5:00 PM Return from field when group wishes.
Background on Wolf Trackers:
Wolf Trackers is a project of the Wolf College 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.
By Donation Only 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 payment in full or a minimum $45 per person check deposit 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 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will run your card securely over the phone.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
Other Upcoming Animal Tracking Workshops
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.
Our Other Wildlife Courses on Tracking & Photography
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