cyberTracker Certification , October 7th-9th
CONNECT WITH FELLOW NATURE ENTHUSIAST.
EARN YOUR INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TRACKING CERTIFICATION LEVEL.
oct 7th: workshop day, 9am-3pm
oct 8th: Eval day, 8am-5pm
oct 9th: Eval day, 8am- 2pm
Tution: $277 (registration closed)
experience is unique—we go where the tracks take us! Topics that will likely be explored:
• Clear and Obscure Print Identification
• Sign Interpretation, Wildlife Behavior and Natural History
• Wildlife Physiology and Design
• Animal Movement and Track Pattern Interpretation
• Aging Tracks and Sign
• The Ecology and Natural History of the Local Landscape
• Wildlife Ecology, Interactions and Roles within an Ecosystem
In short, this process is renowned for facilitating an entirely different way of relating with local wildlife and landscapes through track and sign, and for offering new tools to continue our
development as naturalists.
insistent on the hardest of life’s lessons, he’s a generalist in the true sense of the word. Easily bored, Matt has worked more jobs than can be listed here, searching for himself amid all the
glittery promises of the materialistic culture he grew up in. A lifetime hunter and woodsman, Matt strives to share his deep observations and his love for all things wild and true freely
amongst his human interactions and in his teaching and has sought out mentors and learning opportunities in many corners
of this earth. Matt is a graduate of the Wilderness Guide Program, a 12-month
wilderness immersion program at the Teaching Drum Outdoor School, with whom he maintains a close relationship and collaborates with to this day. Matt holds a Senior Tracker certificate from Cybertracker Conservation, is a track and sign evaluator with the same organization, continuing the work of keeping animal tracking
alive and valued in our modern age.
Matt has worked on numerous wildlife and research projects, including the Gualala River Watershed council, the Garfield/Mesa Lion project, and the East Bay Puma Project. He currently resides in northern Wisconsin.
wildlife tracking and ecological knowledge. Though this field training is in “test” form—meaning that before we go over each
question as a group, individuals are given time to look it over and come up with an answer—the goal is to strengthen participants’ ability to find and accurately interpret a wide array
of track and sign. The call to investigate a question and come up with an interpretation completely transforms our level of attention,
focus, and how we absorb and retain information. Combined with a supportive and entertaining group-learning experience and a mind-bending diversity of wildlife sign, this becomes a
uniquely powerful, skill-changing experience.
In other words, this is both an assessment and a rich learning experience, and is far different than the “tests” most of us might be used to. There is immediate feedback and group discussion
throughout the process. Evaluators always emphasize learning and development, and every participant will walk away with a lot more knowledge and “search images” for the subtle patterns left behind by life on the landscape, ultimately feeling a stronger connection to the natural world. No prior tracking experience is required to participate, but preparation can be helpful for those for whom attaining a certificate on their first evaluation is important. However, the underlying impetus is not about receiving a certificate, but rather the rich educational benefit the evaluation process provides. Tracking skill accrues with experience, and evaluations are an effective tool for rapidly increasing one’s ability and measuring progress over time.