Upcoming Events

  • Cedar Creek Summer Survey, Sat Jul 13 The Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey  The Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey is a joint venture between the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project and the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2019, 10:19 AM by Jonathan Poppele
  • Bird Language: Sun, Jul 7 Please join us for our next Bird Language Gathering  Sunrday, July 7  9:00 - 1:00  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center  3815 American Blvd E  Bloomington, MN 55425 ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2019, 5:39 PM by Jonathan Poppele
  • June Tracking Club: Sign O' The Times Come join us for our next Tracking Excursion at Cleary Lake Regional Park Reserve in Prior Lake  Sunday, June 16   9:00am - 1:00pm We will gather at the Cleary ...
    Posted May 31, 2019, 1:06 PM by Jonathan Poppele
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Tracking Club

Minnesota Tracking Club is a social group for anyone interested in the art of wildlife tracking. The group meets monthly, usually at Ft. Snelling State Park and occasionally at other locations in and around the Twin Cities metro area. Monthly meetings are facilitated by certified wildlife trackers with many years of experience in track and sign identification.

Tracking club excursions are open to everyone. For a schedule of upcoming club meetings, click on the Events tab, or click here to follow the clubs Facebook group

Bird Language Sits

Interpreting Bird Language is an art form. The calls, postures, and other behaviors of birds convey much information to those who understand their patterns. The attentive, trained observer can deduce through bird language the location of predators and other forces on the landscape.

Bird Language Leaders is a program designed to empower conservationists worldwide through bird language mentoring partnerships. The program was developed by Jon Young over his two decades of experience mentoring naturalists in the art of interpreting bird language. Jonathan Poppele is collaborating with Jon Young to introduce the Bird Language Leaders program to Minnesota.

We host a monthly a Bird Language club and offer mentoring and resources for people interested in becoming group facilitators through the Bird Language Leaders program.

Learn more about our monthly Bird Language Gatherings here.

For more information about Bird Language Leaders, visit

To see our upcoming Bird Language Gatherings, click on the Events tab.

Wildlife Tracking Surveys

The Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project partners with research and conservation organizations throughout the state to conduct wildlife tracking surveys. The lead trackers on our survey are certified in Track & Sign Identification through, and have decades of experience in wildlife tracking and wildlife research.

Each of our projects also includes a strong Citizen Science component. We support interested naturalists in learning track and sign identification, and provide opportunities to participate in wildlife surveys, and to pursue certification in Track & Sign Identification. Many of our survey observations are available on

Current projects include:

Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey
Minnesota Metro Otter Survey
Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program

Learn more about the development of our Wildlife Tracking Survey program here.