Tracking and Sign Certification Workshop Set For February 1 and 2

Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the Harris Center for Conservation Education will offer a two-day Track and Sign Certification workshop on Saturday, February 1 (8:30 am – 4 pm), and Sunday, February 2 (8:30 am – 4 pm), at the Harris Center in Hancock, New Hampshire. It will be led by George Leoniak, a widely recognized animal tracker based in northern New England and an AUNE adjunct faculty member. Participants will be able to pursue Track and Sign Certification and to test for Level I, Level II, and Level III certifications. Those who successfully accomplish the Level I, II, or III competency levels will receive a certificate from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized nonprofit that established an international standard for assessing wildlife tracking skills.

The cost for the two-day workshop is $250 per person. It is is open to amateur trackers and professionals who want to increase their skills, as well as students and others interested in developing animal tracking and sign knowledge. Nevertheless, the certification process will begin at the outset of the time in the field and will continue throughout the entire workshop. Everyone, regardless of experience, will have the opportunity to learn about following and reading track and sign, although not everyone is assured of receiving a certificate for reaching Level I, II, or III proficiency.

The workshop is limited to eleven people (there is a nine-person minimum). Participants will meet regardless of outdoor temperature at 8:30 a.m. rain, snow, or shine, at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King’s Highway, Hancock, New Hampshire. After a brief orientation participants will spend the day in the field with workshop leader George Leoniak.

Participants in the track and sign workshop must bring their own snacks, lunch, and drink(s). Since this is a comprehensive winter-season field experience, they must dress appropriately, including footwear, for the weather, temperature and potentially rough terrain. Participants should also bring their own snowshoes and related equipment.

Sign up for the course and make a registration payment by credit card. Enrollment is first come, first served. For more information, contact Peg Smeltz, 603-283-2301, or email:  msmeltz@antioch.edu with your questions.

Learn more about George Leoniak.