Wildlife Monitoring

Wildlife Monitoring

Photo, Sue Morse

© Susan C. Morse

In 2014 Willowell offered the Keeping Track® Monitoring Program(KTMP) for a sixth year.  The program is taught by renowned tracker, photographer and habitat specialist Sue Morse and seeks to empower citizens to observe, interpret, record and monitor evidence of wildlife habitat in their communities. The training included five full day field workshops with Sue at her property in Jericho, the Willowell Foundation’s conserved wetlands, and other wildlife habitats in the area.

Topics:

  • Track identification and patterns
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Ecosystem connectivity
  • Habitat and food resources
  • Land use/land connectivity and how it affects and relates to human residents of Vermont
  • As well as gain a deeper understanding of the story of the forest

No prior experience is necessary.  Conservation committees, planners, naturalists, hunters, trackers, students and anyone with a love of the outdoors and interest in learning about our wild places are encouraged to sign up.

The cost to participants for the training is $350/adult or $250/student* for all five course dates, or $75/adult and $45/student  for single days.

*Student is defined as someone currently enrolled in grades 7-12 or college.  Minimum age for course is 12.

We strongly encourage those who are able to sign up for the entire 5-class course.  Attending all five classes allows for participants to gain a more complete understanding of the behavior of  a greater variety of species, tracking in a greater variety of habitats and ecosystems, as well as the opportunity to learn in a variety of seasons and conditions.

Prices are made possible through generous underwriting from the National Life Group Charitable Foundation.

Listen to the VPR interview with Sue Morse about her mission to protect core habitat, and her partnership with Willowell and the Northeast Wilderness Trust to offer the Keeping Track course in Vermont.

 

 

Please contact Tony Zambito at info@willowell.org or at 802-453-6195 to sign up or ask about the course.

Download 2014 Keeping Track Registration Form

Click here for 2014 class dates.

 

2011 Keeping Track class at Willowell

2011 Keeping Track class at Willowell