Events

Trailing Practice: Sat, Sept 18

posted Sep 1, 2021, 10:45 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Sep 1, 2021, 10:46 AM ]

September trailing practice will again be in Reservoir Woods in Roseville,
a 115 acre undeveloped park with a dense population of suburban deer. Last month, we picked up the fresh trail of a small group of deer and followed it for some distance, but did not see the animals. Join us as we try our hand and tracking them down. The deer at Reservoir Woods are a little more shy than their kin at Ft. Snelling--but still used to having people around.

Saturday, September 18
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will gather at the parking lot at the corner of Alta Vista Dr and Stuber Rd:  

Reservoir Woods Park
1901 Alta Vista Dr
Roseville, MN 55113



This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. There are minimal amenities at Reservoir Woods. No drinking fountains and a single port-a-potty. Please bring appropriate gear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot. We will head out on the trail shortly after 9:00 and return to the parking lot by 12:00 pm. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Kirsten's cell phone at 651-785-4650. Please note that once we are trailing, our phones will be on vibrate and we could easily miss an incoming call.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.



Click Here for Directions

Reservoir Woods











September Tracking Club: Finding Balance

posted Sep 1, 2021, 10:39 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Sep 1, 2021, 10:45 AM ]

Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park:

Sunday, September 19
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather at the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


We will gather for our September Tracking Club just a few days before the Autumnal Equinox and the beginning of Astronomical Fall. Behind us is the hottest summer on record in Minnesota, and our Track & Sign evaluations with Marcus Reynerson. Ahead are the cooling temperatures and changing leaves of fall. We'll head down to the familiar riverfronts in Ft. Snelling State Park to see how the critters are responding to the change of seasons.

We will gather at 9:00 in the fireplace room in the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:15 and return to the visitor center about noon for a brief mapping exercise and wrap-up session. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Kirsten's cell phone at 651-785-4650. Please note that cell reception is poor in much of the park.

Note that you need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center




Trailing Practice: Sat, Aug 21

posted Aug 10, 2021, 10:17 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Aug 10, 2021, 12:07 PM ]

August trailing practice will again be in Reservoir Woods in Roseville,
a 115 acre undeveloped park with a dense population of suburban deer. Last month, we successfully trailed a small bachelor group of deer through a meadow, a thicket, and pine duff before catching up with them. Join us as we try our hand and finding them again. The deer at Reservoir Woods are a little more shy than their kin at Ft. Snelling--but still used to having people around.

Saturday, August 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will gather at the parking lot at the corner of Alta Vista Dr and Stuber Rd:  

Reservoir Woods Park
1901 Alta Vista Dr
Roseville, MN 55113



This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. There are minimal amenities at Reservoir Woods. No drinking fountains and a single port-a-potty. Please bring appropriate gear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot. We will head out on the trail shortly after 9:00 and return to the parking lot by 12:00 pm. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Kirsten's cell phone at 651-785-4650. Please note that once we are trailing, our phones will be on vibrate and we could easily miss an incoming call.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.



Click Here for Directions

Reservoir Woods










August Tracking Club: Test Prep

posted Aug 9, 2021, 10:51 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Aug 10, 2021, 12:08 PM ]

Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park:

Sunday, August 15
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather at the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


On Labor Day weekend, a group from our club will participate in a pair of CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluations with Marcus Reynerson. Time for some final test prep! Come join us at Fort Snelling State Park as we challenge each other to identify and interpret tracks and sign and support our friends as they prepare for their evaluation.

We will gather at 9:00 in the fireplace room in the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:20 and return to the visitor center about noon for a brief mapping exercise and wrap-up session. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Please note that cell reception is poor in much of the park.

Note that you need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center



Trailing Practice: Sat, Jul 24

posted Jul 12, 2021, 10:14 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Aug 10, 2021, 10:17 AM ]

July trailing practice will be in Reservoir Woods in Roseville,
a 115 acre undeveloped park with a dense population of suburban deer. Join us as we practice following the trails of deer (and perhaps each other) with the goal of seeing the animal we are tracking. The deer at Reservoir Woods are a little more shy than their kin at Ft. Snelling--but still used to having people around. We may get a glimpse of them, but they are unlikely to follow us around the park.

Saturday, July 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will gather at the parking lot at the corner of Alta Vista Dr and Stuber Rd:  

Reservoir Woods Park
1901 Alta Vista Dr
Roseville, MN 55113



This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. There are minimal amenities at Reservoir Woods. No drinking fountains and a single port-a-potty. Please bring appropriate gear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot. We will head out on the trail shortly after 9:00 and return to the parking lot by 12:00 pm. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Kirsten's cell phone at 651-785-4650. Please note that once we are trailing, our phones will be on vibrate and we could easily miss an incoming call.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.



Click Here for Directions

Reservoir Woods









July Tracknig Club: Muddy Toes

posted Jul 12, 2021, 10:14 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jul 12, 2021, 10:15 AM ]

Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park: 

Sunday, July 18 
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather at the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


With our sparse rainfall, the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers are flowing well below average for July. The low water levels means more exposed mud for us to explore. Come join us at the confluence of the rivers for a half day of tracking. Come prepared to wade into the mud and find out who has been investigating the rivers edges.

This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will gather at 9:00 outside of the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:15 and return to the visitor center to wrap-up and share. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call or text Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Note that cell reception is poor in much of the park, and calls do not always come through.

You need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center. The parking lot at the Historic Fort is closed for construction.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center








Trailing Practice: Sun, Jun 27

posted Jun 3, 2021, 2:43 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jun 14, 2021, 1:52 PM ]

June trailing practice will be in Reservoir Woods in Roseville,
a 115 acre undeveloped park with a dense population of suburban deer. Join us as we practice following the trails of deer (and perhaps each other) with the goal of seeing the animal we are tracking. The deer at Reservoir Woods are a little more shy than their kin at Ft. Snelling--but still used to having people around. We may get a glimpse of them, but they are unlikely to follow us around the park.

Sunday, June 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will gather at the parking lot at the corner of Alta Vista Dr and Stuber Rd:  

Reservoir Woods Park
1901 Alta Vista Dr
Roseville, MN 55113



This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. There are minimal amenities at Reservoir Woods. No drinking fountains and a single port-a-potty. Please bring appropriate gear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot. We will head out on the trail shortly after 9:00 and return to the parking lot by 12:00 pm. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call Kirsten's cell phone at 651-785-4650. Please note that once we are trailing, our phones will be on vibrate and we could easily miss an incoming call.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.



Click Here for Directions

Reservoir Woods








Track & Sign Workshops & Evaluations

posted Jun 3, 2021, 1:34 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jul 12, 2021, 1:11 PM ]

About Track & Sign Evaluations

These two-day long Master Classes in track and sign interpretation are led by some of the finest wildlife tracking instructors in North America. These evaluations are one of the best ways to speed up your learning process, advance your skills, and help you gauge your current level of expertise as a tracker. No prior training is required to participate. The best way to prepare for an evaluation is to take an evaluation.


Track & Sign Evaluation

September 3-4 and 5-6

On Labor Day weekend, we will host a pair of Standard Track & Sign Evaluation back-to-back. Standard evaluations are ideal for all levels of trackers, from novice to professional. Questions range from the clearest and most familiar tracks and sign of common animals all the way to obscure sign, partial prints, and the tracks of small or rare species. The evaluator debriefs each question, making sure all the participant don't just know the answer, but understand exactly why that is the answer. The evaluation will be led by Marcus Reynerson.

Cost $275

Dates:
Friday & Saturday, Sep. 3-4
Sunday & Monday (Labor Day), Sep. 5-6
*We currently have openings for both sessions*

Times:
Evaluations typically run from 8am to 5pm on the first day and 8am to about 3pm on the second day. Exact times depend somewhat on conditions on the ground.


Track & Sign Specialist Evaluation

May 28-29, 2022

Next Memorial Day weekend, we will host Minnesota's first ever Specialist Evaluation. Specialist Evaluations are designed with experienced trackers in mind. Questions focus on the tracks of small or rare species, partial footprints, and indistinct tracks and sign that may require considerable experience to identify. The evaluation is led by two instructors, offering participants more evaluator contact and exposure to an even greater depth of knowledge and perspectives. For the experienced tracker, there is simply no better opportunity to move your skills forward than a Specialist Evaluation. The evaluation will be led by Casey McFarland and Nate Harvey.

Cost: $375


Registration

Registration is open for all three evaluations. To register, Contact Us and submit a full payment to Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project. You are registered for an evaluation when we receive your payment. Because of up-front the costs associated with hosting evaluators, registrations are transferable but not refundable. If you are unable to attend an evaluation you have registered for, we may only be able to offer a refund if we can fill your spot.

Mail payment to
Jonathan Poppele
846 Clear Ave
St. Paul, MN 55106


Evaluators

Casey McFarland is one of the most senior CyberTracker Evaluators in the US and currently sits as President of CyberTracker North America. He has run over 130 Evaluations in 8 countries and 14 US states and was integral to the establishment CyberTracker Europe. Casey is co-author of the forthcoming Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests (Houghton Mifflin summer 2021) and Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species (Stackpole 2010), and a contributing author to Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species (2nd Ed).

Marcus Reynerson is engaged in telling stories that bring to life the complexity of the ways humans are currently living in the 21st century. He was the Associate Producer of the conservation documentary Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest and a contributing author for Caribou Rainforest by Braided River Press. Born in south Louisiana and raised in Kentucky, 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 program for adults at the Wilderness Awareness School.


The Location

Evaluations will be held in and around Ft. Snelling State Park. Located in a metropolitan are of over 1 million people, Ft. Snelling boasts remarkable wildlife activity and diversity. The Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project hosts our monthly Tracking Club at Ft. Snelling, and have recorded the tracks and sign of over 20 species of mammals there including otter, mink, weasel, skunk, fox, opossum, and at least four species of tree climbing squirrels.

June Tracking Club: Standing Still

posted Jun 3, 2021, 1:22 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 1:22 PM ]

Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park: 

Sunday, June 20 
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather at the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


The word "solstice" is Latin for "sun stands still" and refers to the points on the horizon where the sun rises and sets. For a few days around the solstice, the locations of sunrise and sunset slow their northern progression to a standstill before moving south again. The solstice marks the beginning of astronomical summer, when many animal begin to slow their rhythms down from the frenetic pace of spring. We will plan to do the same--taking a cue from the sun by slowing our movement across the landscape to take a long look at the tracks and sing we encounter.

This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will gather at 9:00 outside of the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:15 and return to the visitor center to wrap-up and share. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call or text Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Note that cell reception is poor in much of the park, and calls do not always come through.

You need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center. The parking lot at the Historic Fort is closed for construction.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center







May Tracking Club: A Full Fledged Gathering

posted May 10, 2021, 10:51 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated May 10, 2021, 10:52 AM ]

Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park: 

Sunday, May 16 
9:00am - 1:00pm

We will gather outside the Ft. Snelling State Park visitor center:

Ft. Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd
West St Paul, MN 55111


The trees are leafing out, the canopy is filling in, and early nesters are beginning to fledge. With spring in full swing, let's gather at Ft. Snelling and see what kinds of tracks and signs the local denizens are leaving behind.

This is an all-weather event and we spend time off trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day.

We will gather at 9:00 outside of the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:15 and return to the visitor center to wrap-up and share. If you need to reach us the day of the outing, please call or text Jon's cell phone at 612-388-4700. Note that cell reception is poor in much of the park, and calls do not always come through.

Important Notes

We will continue to encourage masks and social distancing during our gatherings, but will begin to follow the "two out of three" guideline outlined here by the New York Times. Please have a mask available and plan to wear it at any time you are less than six feet away from anyone outside your household. When maintaining social distance (blackbirds are great at teaching social distance), feel free to remove your mask.

You need a State Park pass to drive to the Visitor Center. The parking lot at the Historic Fort is closed for construction.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Click Here for Directions

Ft. Snelling Visitor Center






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