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This Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00-5:00 including lunch meet-and-greet, and caravan to/from site, join us as we track wildlife in the Teanaway Wolf Pack Territory with David Moskowitz, one of the nation's top ranked wildlife trackers and an evaluator for Cybertracker, Int'l. He is also author of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and the forthcoming Wolves in the Land of the Salmon. At the workshop, we'll catch you up on recent changes to local wolf politics and ecology, then review wildlife tracking methods before heading out into wolf pack territory to track everything we come across!
Carpool Points: 10:00 AM Departures from • Auburn Sound Transit Center, 23 A St. SW off Hwy 18 near 167 and the • South Bellevue Park-n-Ride, 2700 Bellevue Way SE; plus 10:45 Departure from the Starbuck's across from • Safeway in North Bend, 721 Southwest Mount Si Blvd., off I-90 Exit 31.
Workshop Start Point: Sunset Cafe - Loose Wolf Saloon, 318 East 1st Street, Cle Elum, WA (edit map) - Meet in the reserved conference room at 12:00 for lunch before we start our presentation promptly at 12:30, then head out to the Teanaway River with us just after 1:00.
To register, set up carpool arrangements, and with any questions, call Chris Chisholm anytime at[masked] or visit http://www.meetup.com/Wolf-Journey-Classes-in-the-South-Puget-Sound-Region/events/64106602/ or http://wolfcamp.com/weekend-workshops/wolf-trackers-trainings.html to register. 15 (out of 30) spaces remain available as of Wednesday.
Price: $25.00. Cost is $25 the first time you attend one of our Wolf Tracker Trainings, $20 the second time, $15 the third, $10 the fourth, and $5 per additional time you attend. Contributions on any given day go first to pay the guest instructor(s) and workshop organizer(s), and remaining revenue to an independent Wolf Trackers endowment account to support future wolf advocacy work. Anyone with a Master Hunter Permit, or anyone with a JHPTS basic tracking certificate plus current SAR identification card, may attend at the $5 contribution level, while anyone with a Level I Cybertracker Certificate may attend at $20 the first time in attendance, Level II at $15, Level III at $10, and Level IV at $5.
Note For Those Who Have Taken A Tracking Class With Us Before: There is a morning session with limited enrollment and prerequisites that has 2 spaces still available, and has a cost of $65 for all day with us. If you are interested in that, please contact your host Chris Chisholm with questions about meeting prerequisites and to see if space remains available.
The goal of Wolf Trackers is to gather hunters and sportsmen, ranchers and farmers, wildlife scientists and conservationists, dog lovers and animal rights activists among others, bringing them together to increase knowledge about wolves in hopes of helping to balance wolf politics in western states.
• Develop wolf tracking skills;
• Educate ourselves with facts;
• Clarify goals and strategies;
• Train ourselves to develop conflict resolution skills for internal group function and for dealing with the public;
• Create structure as an ad-hoc Wolf College group;
• Develop membership through networking, online outreach, and other means;• Develop endowment for operating costs through dues or other means;•
Develop standard operating procedures for future volunteer work;
• Volunteer for existing large carnivore monitoring projects to gain experience.
Future Volunteer Work:
• Educate our constituencies, the public and politicians with facts about wolf ecology and mythology;
• Offer services when requested, such as acting as citizen volunteers for wolf monitoring programs, perhaps similar to programs already existing in the midwest.
• Consider requests from hunting guides, ecotourist and environmental organizations, government agencies, shepherds and cattlemen who would like assistance for on-the-ground wildlife assessments in their areas of concern.
Animal lovers in the group bring compassion for those who fear wolves, and we understand that like wolves, sportsmen bring balance to wildlife, and have been some of the most successful conservationists in American history. In addition to wolves, sheep and cattle also need to be protected, especially on private lands.
Sportsmen in the group continue a rich tradition of conservation, supporting scientific wildlife management, and we consider wolves who prey on healthy large game populations as a good challenge rather than an impediment to hunting.
Ranchers and shepherds in the group bring pride for the hard work it takes to make modifications allowing for wolves on the edges of rural areas, and we also come willing to discuss the impact of public land grazing on our shared natural resources including wildlife.
Everyone who attends a Wolf Trackers Training can express his or her opinion, while also respecting the opinions of others. No matter your background - wildlife photographer, fisherman, hunting guide, cattleman, sheep producer, hiker, backpacker or animal rights activist - we welcome your input.
Where we will come together is on the facts, and we will learn to recognize the difference between those facts and our own opinions.
Meet between 12:00-1:00 for introductions and basic information at the Sunset Cafe in Cle Elum. If you are late, call Chris Chisholm's cell at[masked] and he'll give you directions to our Teanaway River tracking site where we will be from 1:00-4:00 before returning to the cafe for follow-up information until 5:00.
• Waterproof Footwear & Thermal Socks
• Warm Clothes including long undies
• Warm Hat / Sun Hat
• Sunglasses & Sunscreen
• Day pack
• Full Water Bottle
• Power Snacks
• Pencil and sharpener
• Field notes pad
• Small tape measure or ruler
• Small zip-lock baggies for collecting scat, etc.
• Gallon zip-lock bag for collecting bones, etc.
• Favorite tracking field guide(s)
• Any wolf resources/information you have to share
After you have registered, we will also email you a list of recommended items to include for future tracking leadership.