The Tracking Certification is a two-day practical field test that emphasizes open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field are asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues to provide the opportunity for participants to internalize the field marks for identification. All tracking skill levels welcome.
The North American CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System aims to establish reliable, standardized wildlife tracking training to invigorate and enhance knowledge of natural history and field-skill among biologists and various State and Federal agency personnel, train general public for reliable citizen science, and better equip educators and guides in ecotourism.
Tracker Certifications help to encourage and recognize wildlife tracking as a specialized profession. Wildlife trackers should continue to develop larger roles in research, monitoring, and ecotourism; by maintaining rigorous standards and providing an objective test of observer reliability, Tracker certificates help validate data collected in-field.
Jonah Evans is the State Mammalogist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Jonah has a M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University and a B.A. from Prescott College. He has been a CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluator since 2008 and has certified hundreds in track identification around the country. He authored iTrack Wildlife, an iPhone field guide to animal tracks, and is a co-author of Animal Tracks and Scat of California.
Casey McFarland is the co-author of Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species (Stackpole 2010). He currently contributes to various wildlife projects, including wildlife connectivity and carnivore studies, and has worked extensively in mountain lion research. He trains and certifies biologists, research teams and the general public across the US and Europe through the CyberTracker Conservation evaluation system, an international standard for gauging and enhancing one’s in-field knowledge of track, sign and behavior of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
*Our normal cancellation policy does not apply to this class as we contract the Evaluator(s) through CyberTracker Int'l. Therefore, we cannot issue refunds for this event. However we will take name substitutes.
**No discounts or promotional deals are offered for this certification
Wildlife Track and Sign Certification
Dates: May 27-28, 2017 (limited to 11 participants)
Location: Austin, TX and surrounding areas
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Wildlife Track and Sign SPECIALIST Certification
Dates: April 8-9, 2017 (limited to 10 participants)
Location: Big Bend National Park