You may fancy yourself a pretty experienced outdoor enthusiast, but if you can’t distinguish a wolf track from a deer track you’re about as well-equipped for the outdoors as Lisa Douglas. Luckily for you, the Audubon Society of Portland wants to help you learn the most common tracks that can be found in the Pacific Northwest.
Tracker, researcher and author David Moskowitz and Portland Audubon’s Steve Engel will be leading the class, as well as a field trip to private land on the Columbia River where you will put your new tracking skills to the test.
Why is tracking important? Safety, for one. Being able to identify tracks of dangerous animals means you know when you may be in an unsafe area. As this article on northwest bear safety tips points out, understanding where and when bears and other predators are likely to be is one of the best ways to avoid an encounter.
Knowing how to identify tracks is also very important if you plan on doing any hunting. Successful tracking abilities are an invaluable tool for any hunter to have. Scouting is the first step in a successful hunting season, but not knowing what you’re scouting for is useless. Check out this informative article on deer scouting to get a better understanding of how tracking is useful.
Here are the details on the tracking class:
When: Tracking class, Sept. 24, 7 – 9 PM; Field trip, Sept. 25, 9 AM – 3 PM
Fee: $45/member, $55 non-member
Class Size: 20 participants
For more information, visit the Audubon Society of Portland website or call Steve Engel at 971-222-6119.