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Track & Sign Evaluation with Nate Harvey

posted May 22, 2018, 9:21 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated May 22, 2018, 9:27 AM ]
We said we were taking May off of tracking club for "Staff Development." Here is what we were up to: Nate Harvey returned to Minnesota to offer a CyberTrcker Track & Sign Evaluation on May 19-20. Nine members of the tracking club participated, with eight earning certificates in Track & Sign identification. You can download the full-size photo of our smiling group with their certificates here.

The evaluation covered a wide range of track and sign. Saturday was an intensive day in the field. Nate put us through the paces with 40 questions, most of them difficult "level 3" questions. Questions covered insect sign, bird tracks, mammal scat, gait patterns, and foot morphology. Sunday was a more relaxed day with just 16 questions that skewed toward easy topics such as the ubiquitous deer trails and browse sign, and familiar woodpecker feeding sign. You can see most of the tracks and sign we were asked about on the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project iNaturalist project page. We finished up the evaluation before noon on Sunday and, after lunch, decompressed from an intensive weekend of ID by, what else, going tracking.

At the end of the day, eight of our members earned certificates in track & sign identification. Two members earned their first certificates, while another two moved up a level in their certifications. A warm congratulations goes out to the following members:

    Blake Southard handily earned a Level I certificate
    Kirsten Welge sailed to a Level II certification
    Brian Clough and Rob Grunewald each moved up to Level III certification

We are now looking forward to our next Track & Sign Evaluation, coming up at the end of the summer. Spots are filling fast for Michelle Peziol's evaluation on September 1-2. Please be in touch right away if you are interested in a spot in that event.