Fri-Sat, March 28-29, 2014 along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum, WA
Prerequisites: Previous Wildlife Tracking Program with the Wolf College or Significant Trackers Training Elsewhere or Significant Volunteer Work at Wolf Haven, International; 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
7:00 AM Camp Breakfast
8:00 AM Check Wildlife Cameras & Tracks in Vicinity
10:00 AM Find & Trail Fresh Tracks
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.
• $95 if this is your first time at a Wolf Trackers Training and none of the qualifications below apply. Minimum prerequisite for participation is a day-long tracking workshop with the Wolf College, or significant wildlife trackers training through another school, or significant volunteer work at Wolf Haven, International.
• $90 if this is your second Wolf Trackers Training with us, or if you have earned a Level I Cybertracker Certificate.
• $85 if this is your third Wolf Trackers Training with us, or if you have earned a Level II Cybertracker Certificate.
• $80 if this is your fourth Wolf Trackers Training with us, or if you have earned a Level III Cybertracker Certificate.
• $75 if this is your fifth Wolf Trackers Training 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 or another one of our relevant Expeditions.
Check/Mail Registration Option: Send payment in full or a minimum $75 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
• Saturday, May 3, 2014: Tracking Cougars and Their Prey – No Prerequisite along the Skykomish River near Sultan WA. Whether you are a researcher, conservationist, hunter or lover of our regional mega-fauna, you are welcome to join us for a great day tracking along the wild Skykomish River where cougars follow elk and deer, bears harvest fish from creeks, and other animals, like us, remain alert to their presence. 12:00-6:00 at cost schedule described above.
• Sunday, May 4, 2014: Trailing Bears from Their Dens – Prerequisite Required near Sultan WA. Previous wildlife tracking workshop, camp or expedition with us is required. Have you ever been to a bear den? Check out some of the most classic examples of bears denning in hollow, burned-out, old-growth tree snags where mother bears recently emerged with their cubs, then pick up the freshest sign and follow it in hopes of catching a glimpse of bears in what may be the area with most dense bear population in the region. 10:00-4:00 at cost schedule described above.
• September 13-19, 2014 Two Day Cybertracker Animal Tracking Evaluation Workshop Choices – No Prerequisites along the Nisqually River at the base of Mt. Rainier near Ashford WA. Tentative Available Evaluations: Two Day Cybertracker Track & Sign Levels I-II-III with David Moskowitz; Two Day Cybertracker Trailing Levels I-II-III with Brian McConnell. Contact us to choose your preferred two days. Please click on Cybertracker Trailing, Track & Sign Evaluations for more details and to register. $225 if registered by June 5th.
• Saturday, October 4, 2014: Trailing Elk, Deer and Their Predators – No Prerequsite along the Nisqually River near Elbe WA. Whether you hunt with a camera, bow or gun, or if you just love our hooved animals, you are welcome you to join us for a special day of tracking along the wild and scenic Nisqually River at the gates to Mt. Rainier Nat’l Park. Learn specialized trailing skills as we venture to get close to elk, deer, and other animals. 10:00-4:00 at cost schedule described above.
• 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: Cougar, Bear, Elk and the Teanaway Pack