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Event: Introduction to Wildlife Tracking

September 15 - White Mountain Conservation League sponsors Tracking Class - (posted 09/07/12)

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Introduction to Wildlife Tracking

Saturday, September 15th at 10am – 1pm

Who goes there? We share our hiking trails with a lot of different wildlife
that leave behind signs of their passing journeys. Is that a bobcat track
or a coyote track? Are you following mountain lion tracks or was someone
hiking with their family dog?


Join us on September 15 to learn basic wildlife tracking skills including:

How and where to look for tracks?

What clues in a track help you identify species?

How to recognize the difference between canine and feline tracks?


We cover natural history elements of key species so you can gain an
appreciation of how wildlife move and live on the landscape. Class includes
a short introduction on how to properly photograph wildlife tracks. After
the presentation we will have tables set up for some hands on experience
and the chance to see castings of Mexican wolf tracks and others. Track
identification cards focused on southwest critters will be available for
purchase ($5 a set) as well as tracking rulers specifically designed for
photo-documentation ($5).

The Nature Center is located at 425 S. Woodland Road in Pinetop-Lakeside,
between Big Springs Environmental Study Area and Mountain Meadow Recreation
Complex.

Additional information on the Nature Center, its complete schedule of
programs, and the online Nature Store are available at www.wmnature.org or
call (928)358-3069.

Photo credit Jean Ossorio.