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July 14-19, 2019 Expedition in the North Cascades
Learn the skills of the wildlife tracker and conservation specialist as you follow clues and solve mysteries by interpreting live evidence. Animals reveal themselves to those who can read their stories in the earth. As you will see, tracks can tell us about the size, health, history and intentions of animals. You will also leave with a new understanding of the relationships between predator and prey.
Few people can understand the language of the birds and follow tracks that animals leave behind. After this week, you will have joined that elite group. In order to truly understand the animals we hope to observe, we must adopt their behaviors and embrace their customs. Finally, you will learn how to effectively trail animals, navigating the wilderness without getting lost, and document your findings for use in conservation projects.
Open for young adults with no prerequisite, although we recommend attending at least one of our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions to ensure acceptance into the course. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wildlife Safari – Tracking & Photography youth camp running simultaneously.
Course Goal & Skills Covered:
The goal of the this course is to help you learn our regional ecology and in particular, its zoology through the skills of tracking. We will simultaneously be learning to identify birds and other animals there while understanding their dependence on the region’s plants and plants that specialize in its habitats.
Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:
- Wildlife Tracking & Birding
- Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
- Understanding Birds & Mammals of the Pacific Coast
- Understanding Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians
- Understanding specific ways that animals depend on certain plant communities for their survival
- Mimicking at least 10 birds, including their language of songs, alarm calls, companion calls, and aggression calls
- Articulating the needs of animals, both in writing and public speaking, especially regarding the endangered species of your region
- Managing a survey of animals to learn how many are in an area
- Camouflaging yourself and your documenting gear in any environment
- Finding lost people and the art of human tracking.
- Communicating clearly and working well with tracking/research teams
- Drawing & Naturalist Journaling of Wildlife
- Camping & Hiking
- Orienteering with Map/Compass, and Natural Navigation
Schedule & Activities:
Activities covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity:
Sunday on the Puyallup River: Intros; Agreements; Sensory Awareness; Navigation Challenge & Songline; Music & Stories;
Monday Cougars & Bears: Animal Forms; Stalking Games; Mammal Families; Five Arts of Tracking; Bird Language; Photography Tricks;
Tuesday Snoqualmie River: Dawn Chorus Bird Photo Challenge; Travel into the Territory of a Roosevelt Elk Herd to Trail large Mammals; Learn “plaster casting” and Practice;
Wednesday Alpine Meadows: Check Wildlife Cameras; Learn the Most Important Insects Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods; Learn about Reptiles and Amphibians during our trip up into Alpine Meadows;
Thursday Teanaway Wolf Pack: Finish Learning Animal Families – Focus on Pine Forests & Sagebrush Canyonlands; Hike, Run, Walk Fast to Cover as Much Ground as Possible in our Search for Wolves;
Friday Campers Choice: Search & Rescue Tracking Challenge; Photographic Blog; Video Editing & Travel Home;
Patrick Wiley, M.A. will be assisted by directors Kim & Chris Chisholm and other professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!
Directions & Transportation Options:
Arrival & Departure Details are the same as for the teen tracking expedition running simultaneously.
2019 Training Camps & Expeditions are $775 for alumni registering by December 31st, or $780 for everyone registering by February 10th, $785 by March 20th, $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, or $800 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Cost includes everything except transportation from Sunday-Friday including field guide. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and stayover choices.
Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
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