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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

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

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 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


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.