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"Hunters and trackers learn not only to understand intellectually a bunch of facts about the animal they follow, but to feel their way into the very being of the animal." - Iain McGilchrist

Topics we will explore, Animal Tracking:

  • Identification of animal track and sign for keying out species and individuals

  • Interpretation of gaits for distinguishing speed and direction

  • Aging, substrate, effects of weather and event sequencing to place activities in time

  • Ecological tracking to enable you to predict wildlife activity and understand ecological connections in different habitats

  • Trailing and backtracking procedures for finding animals

  • Observation techniques that help you locate and see more wildlife

Topics we will explore, Bird Language:

  • Core routines of awareness for finding and observing birds

  • Audible Bird Language—the 5 Voices of the Birds

  • Bird Body Language—the Shapes of Alarm

  • Routines of Invisibility—minimizing the disturbance you cause in the woods

  • How, where, and when to develop a sit spot

We will be spending significant time outside regardless of the weather. We encourage you to be prepared for all types of weather and bring several layers (to stay warm and dry) so that you can be comfortable throughout the class.

To bring:

Pencil, small journal/notepad, binoculars (optional) and small measuring tape (optional).

Personal facilities for your use include several port-a-potties, along with drinkable water. 

No meals are provided with this program. Please bring a sack lunch and snacks. We do not have any way for you to refrigerate or heat your food, so please plan accordingly.


Date: April 29, May 21, June 11

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm 

Cost: $120 adults, $50 ages 7-16

Location: Sudbury, ON

*Get 20$ off course by becoming a FPWC member for as little as 5$/month*

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Ages: This is an adult class but open to ages 9+. Children under the ages of 16 must be accompanied by an adult participant with a 1:1 ratio.

"Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble."

- Roger Tory Peterson

Animal tracking and bird language are ancient skills for reading the untold stories of wildlife on the land. These two skills inherently teach people about their environment, with incredible detail and nuance, moment to moment. At the core, animal tracking and bird language is about developing understanding of precisely how and why life in nature is intimately interconnected. Inevitably, it directs one to have a complete understanding of how natural cycles function as a system- including plants, trees, birds, frogs, insects and energy through time and space. The perfect questions and observations to forever keep you a student!

  • Are you interested in learning the untold stories and hidden language of your local landscape?

  • Do you want to have a greater awareness of place, ecological webs, and ability to read subtle cues of the wild?

  • Gain direct experience with the scientific, educational, and recreational applications of tracking and bird language?

  • Put yourself in an community to develop strong technical skills in the art and science of wildlife tracking and bird language?



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