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Naturalist Field Day: Tracking with Swan Valley Connections

January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$70 – $80

Spend an unforgettable day tracking animals in the Swan Valley with Conservation Director Luke Lamar and the staff of Swan Valley Connections.

You will learn how to read tracks and sign to determine the movements and behaviors of animals in the Swan Valley. Start with an informational lecture and overview of techniques at the field office in Condon. The rest of the day will be spent in the field putting those techniques into practice. You will become familiar with gait patterns and how to measure the stride (length) and straddle (width) between tracks. Hone your eyes to subtle clues with the help of experienced guides. This area contains the full suite of North American carnivores from wolves to lynx to wolverines. Rich in wildlife, the Swan Valley is an incredible location to spend the day tracking.

Meet at MNHC. Travel to the Swan Valley will be by MNHC bus. Light breakfast snacks and coffee/tea will be provided at MNHC in the morning.

Born and raised in the Swan Valley, Luke Lamar has developed deep roots and personal connections with the landscape. Since 2014, Luke has directed conservation programs that include assisting private landowners to restore and conserve wetland and riparian habitats, maintaining and improving water quality, helping people and bears coexist, monitoring of wildlife and native fish species, wilderness management, and promoting responsible forest stewardship. 

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, travel mug
  • Warm layers–jackets, hat, gloves, boots, sweater, wool or snow pants, etc.
  • Journal and camera
  • Snowshoes optional (MNHC has some to borrow)

Please bring warmer items than you think you might need. Spending the day outside without much moving around can get very cold. Toe and hand warmers are recommended. You can always leave items you don’t need on the bus. Your comfort is a priority, please stay warm!

Would you like a scholarship? We would love to provide one. Please call 327.0405 for more information.

Registration is required. Register here.


January 26, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$70 – $80
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