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ADV - Tracking and Animal Sign in late-winter

Tracking and Animal Sign in late-winter website

8793 Owl Avenue
Meadowlands, MN 55765

This training will be meeting in the Lois King Education Center at the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center.

Winter offers a lot of opportunities in our area to find and interpret animal sign! Many mammal species are hard to see in the Sax-Zim Bog, but their sign is all around us. This field trip will work to hone your skills finding, interpreting, and documenting animal tracks and sign. Do you need practice determining if you are looking at a dog or wolf track? What is the difference between Black-backed Woodpecker and Pileated Woodpecker sign? March also tends to be a month with lots of things starting to happen outdoors: Woodpeckers start courting, insects are starting to warm up and move about, and even some mammals (like skunks!) are starting to wake up and move around. This Advanced Training will be a general naturalists dream, as we will cover a little bit of everything; from plants, to fungi, to tracks and sign, to birds, and more! Plan on being outside for the length of the class and be prepared for some hiking through more unpredictable conditions.

This field trip will include indoor and outdoor portions, so do dress accordingly. Snowshoes will be helpful during this field trip, but are not required. If you wish to use a pair from the Welcome Center, please email Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org to reserve a pair or two! Bring a lunch, refillable water bottle (water is available for refills at the Welcome Center), and any cameras or notetaking materials you might need for the day.

The course cost is $35 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus

Sponsor Information

Friends of Sax Zim Bog


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