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Wildlife Tracks and Sign (Waitlist Only)
September 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$25 – $30
Date: September 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Kelly Island Spurgin St. Access.
Cost: $25 MNHC members / $30 non-members. Scholarships are available! Please contact cmorris [at] montananaturalist.org for more information.
You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.
This event has sold out, but you can still sign up for the waitlist!
From footprints and feathers to skulls and scat, there is indirect evidence of life all across the landscape, and it’s changing all the time. We’re genetically wired to wonder about the lives of our fellow animals, and wildlife tracking is a practical skill that yields endless insights into anatomy, behavior, and ecology. This field-based class will equip you with techniques to identify and interpret the wildlife tracks and sign that you encounter. Whether these hints are large, small, clear, or subtle, each example we explore will connect us with the stories that our wild neighbors leave behind.
Instructor: Rob Rich is a naturalist. He conducts biological monitoring and conservation projects, and he teaches courses on wildlife tracking, birding, beaver ecology, and more. He has published writing and photography with outlets such as Audubon, High Country News, and Earth Island Journal, and he has worked with organizations including the Montana Natural History Center, National Wildlife Federation, and Swan Valley Connections.
What to Bring:
- snacks, water
- clothes for changing Montana weather conditions
- writing implement and journal (optional, though handy)
- small class limited to 12 students
- masks may be required or recommended indoors depending on CDC guidelines and Missoula numbers
- vaccinated MNHC staff and instructors