Study Buddies Gathering & Potluck
While preparing for the second Minnesota Track & Sign Evaluation in 2018, a couple of trackers decided to host a biweekly gathering over dinner. Each tracker prepared a journal and shared what they had learned, so everyone walked away with more information (and often, even more questions to chew over). It was thoroughly enjoyable. And effective -- all participants received their highest ever score in the May 2018 evaluation.
As we warm up into Spring 2022, we are continuing this tradition with a twist: we're encouraging folks to choose a particular project or emphasis for their exploration and sharing within this group. This might be:
Preparing for your next track & sign evaluation
Improving trailing skills through post-trailing mapping & journalling
Creating track journals to further your general tracking knowledge
Developing a scat cookbook with details of diet, digestion, and scat ID for 10-14 species
Creating track illustrations for yourself or others to use as in-the-field references
We currently gather for a potluck dinner and sharing journals twice a month, generally on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP & join the email reminder list.
Or feel free to start your own group on a schedule that works for you!
What's a Track Journal?
If you'd like support in getting started, here are a few templates & examples of track journals to guide your exploration:
Wilderness Awareness School Journal Templates: Animal Journal, Bird Journal, Tree/Shrub Journal, Ecological Indicator Journal
Example: Tracking Journal (Practice #2 from Tracker Mentoring Course)
Pictured: A Ruffed Grouse bird journal from Adrian Iacovino.
A hot-off-the-press bird track illustration from Jon Poppele.
Who's responsible for this?
Edible scat recipes prepared by Kirsten, plus animal diet & behavior information