Welcome to the August 2011 eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College!

In this issue...

1.) Renowned Tracker, Sue Morse, Teaching in November!
Sue Morse, carnivore specialist from Vermont, will be teaching and presenting at Alderleaf in November...

2.) Welcome New Staff!
We're excited to welcome Darcy Ottey, Steve Nicolini, and Michelle Peziol to new positions at Alderleaf...

3.) Feature Article: Recognizing Woodpecker Habitat
Different types of woodpeckers have different feeding strategies and habitat preferences...

4.) Upcoming Classes and Events...
Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship, Wild Mushroom Identification Class, Survival Fire Making Class, and much more...

Carnivore Tracker, Sue Morse, Teaching in November!

Join award-winning wildlife conservationist and wildlife tracker, Sue Morse, visiting guest speaker from Vermont, for a slide show and tracking workshop on lynx, bobcat, mountain lion, and black bear!

We're thrilled to be hosting Sue Morse again! Sue's astounding wildlife photography and unique insights into the field of wildlife tracking are truly amazing.

Check out the Carnivore Tracking Workshop with Sue Morse and Carnivore Presentation with Sue Morse web pages to learn more.

Register early - space may go quick!

Welcome New Staff!

We're excited to welcome Darcy Ottey, Steve Nicolini, and Michelle Peziol to new positions at Alderleaf!

Darcy Ottey joins us from Rite of Passage Journeys where she has provided high level leadership. Darcy will be teaching at the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program, offering her expertise in outdoor leadership, community-building, staff training, and much more.

Steve Nicolini has been the land steward and teaching assistant and was a graduate of both the Wilderness Instructor Internship and Wilderness Certification Program. Steve is now joining the core instructional staff, teaching at many programs.

Michelle Peziol is a graduate of both the Wilderness Instructor Internship and Wilderness Certification Program. She has assisted in the office over the last few months and will now be taking over as the Office Manager and Teaching Assistant.

Check out their full biographies on the Alderleaf Faculty Page.

Feature Article: Recognizing Woodpecker Habitat

Not all woodpecker species are made the same, nor have the same needs. To answer the question of what places make good woodpecker habitat, you have to look at what woodpeckers need to survive...(Read more)

Upcoming Classes and Events!

Check out what's coming up!

Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship: Begins Sept 17, 2011
Learn from expert trackers how to identify, trail, and interpret the tracks & sign of northwest wildlife. Field-based training.

Wild Mushroom Identification Class: Sept 24, 2011
Learn the skills needed to utilize wild edible mushrooms! Spend a day in the field learning about these magnificent fungi.

Survival Fire Making Skills Class: Nov 5, 2011
Learn how to create fire with natural materials! Gain hands-on experience with bow drill, hand drill, and flint & steel.

View the full lineup of classes at our Courses page!

Considering the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program?

There is still time to apply for the 2011-2012 school year!
Class begins September 6th, 2011.

Also... The Wilderness Certification Program is now approved to enroll those eligible to receive GI Bill / VA benefits. Learn more.

Check out the Certification Program web page

Did you know that Alderleaf has a blog and forum site?

Check them out...

Alderleaf Blog: Notes from Alderleaf

Alderleaf Online Forums: Alderleaf Commons

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