Day 22: Intro to Animal Tracking, Wildlife Safety & Awareness Skills

wildlife-of-the-pacific-nothwestAnimal Tracking: Our Favorite Outdoor Activity! Today we begin what will probably turn into a week-long adventure that starts with wildlife safety, how to stay aware and what to do in case of animal encounter, how to read tracks you see left on the ground, and tricks of the trade when trailing animals. Tomorrow we expect to introduce the language of the birds and how that helps you find animals, how to make “plaster casts” of tracks, and other key skills in advance of heading out to our favorite tracking site along the river. It’s part of our “You Healthy? Go Outside!” Evening Broadcasts – Family Friendly Music & Earth Skills Activities with Kim & Chris Chisholm, Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm.

Minutes 2-4 are super funny where Chris “couldn’t find his notes” as they drop out of his back pocket just as he asked Kim to go inside to see where they were:)

NOTE: To watch current live broadcasts, see the Wolf Camp facebook page but we really want to broadcast live on YouTube where we need 1,000 subscribers before they will let us live stream via our phone in the field, so PLEASE go to to subscribe and then ask all your family and friends to subscribe as well. Also please consider a donation if you enjoy the video lesson and would like to help keep Wolf Camp administrative staff employed through springtime.

UPCOMING TOPICS: We encourage you to offer suggestions on Virtual Earth Skills Camp lessons and adventures you’d like us to broadcast in the coming. Our plans for the coming week include:

  • “Plaster Casting” & Following Tracks
  • Understanding Bird Songs & Calls
  • Setting Up Small Solar Systems for $100
  • From Greenhouse to Gardens
  • Campfire Songs & Stories
  • Depending on the duration of the social distancing era, we plan to launch the online version of the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course revealing each field exercise on daily live broadcasts, but only if we get to 1,000 subscribers on YouTube. We’ll keep broadcasting to our Wolf Camp Facebook page as a back-up, but will end broadcasts to Chris’ personal facebook page when YouTube subscriptions reach the 1,000 needed to live stream from phones/tablets in the field.

Announcements & Reminders:

– If you have time on your hands and you feel you’re not in a high risk group, see if your fire station, hospital, social service organization or other essential facility has a suggestion on how you can can get trained to support them. Staple businesses like grocery stores may even be hiring.

– If you still have an income or extra money, see if or when your fire station, hospital or other essential facility would appreciate delivery of a take-out order for one of their meals – it’s a great way to support small businesses too. Don’t forget essential non-profits which also need to keep people employed, and your favorite performing artists and venues which have little chance for income at this time.

– We believe that going outside is the healthiest way to maintain happiness while social distancing, where virus concentrations dissipate in the fresh air and can even get killed by extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It’s where the sun helps us produce Vitamin D, keeping us happy and well. Gardening, in particular, is a great way to stay healthy, and if things get sparse, one of the best ways to increase food security.

Please consider a contribution if you benefited from this video, and help us keep Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm going during this time when we can’t run spring workshops. We’re hoping to keep administrative staff employed in advance of the summer camp season. Thanks!

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