Follow the footsteps of Bernheim’s wildlife with a new program, Introduction to Wildlife Tracking

By Bernheim

Ever wondered who walked the trail before you? It could have been your friend, your neighbor, or a total stranger. Or it could have been a bobcat, a deer, or even a black bear, or any other animal that calls Bernheim home. Now’s your chance to learn about all the “feet” that cross our trails and through our forest daily. Every time we step outside of our door, there are myriad stories to be told of the comings and goings of animals in the world, and one of the oldest human capacities is to read and interpret these stories.

The art and science of tracking offers a holistic ecological window into the happenings of the living world around us. Expert tracker and educator, Marcus Reynerson, will be facilitating the one day introduction to the art and science of tracking on Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In this day-long workshop, you will gain a foundational skill set in exploring the vast world of wildlife tracking. We will explore:

• Basic wildlife foot physiology and morphology
• Clear print identification
• Concepts in behavior and wildlife sign interpretation
• How wildlife interacts with landscapes
• The art of inquiry and questioning and engaging curiosity

While we will cover some key fundamental themes, every tracking experience is unique. We will follow our curiosity as well as the tracks and trails of the animals we come across at Bernheim. While this course is certainly sufficient to stand alone in terms of learning the fundamentals of tracking, this workshop will set participants up well for the more intensive Wildlife Tracking Certification being offered in October 2019.

Marcus Reynerson has had an affinity for the living world since childhood. He is a naturalist, educator, and photographer. He has worked in wilderness education, outdoor leadership, and conservation for numerous organizations and communities across North America. He is engaged in telling stories that bring to light and life, the complexity of humans living in the 21st century. Originally from Louisville, Marcus currently lives in the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington State, just east of Seattle, where he is the Lead Instructor for an internationally renowned environmental leadership immersion program for adults at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA.

Bernheim members $55; non-members $65

Ages 18 and up. Be prepared to get muddy, walk up and down steep slopes, and go off trail. Pets are not allowed.

The program will include a break for lunch. Participants can pack a lunch or enjoy a fresh, local, and delicious meal from Isaac’s Café.

Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the event. Space is limited. Call (502) 955-8512 to register.

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