Reptile & Amphibian Tracking
Dates: TBD 2019
Duration: 9am Sat - 5pm Sun
Location: Monroe, WA & field sites
Instructor: Filip Tkaczyk
Learn about a whole new arena of wildlife tracking! Filip Tkaczyk, author of "Tracks & Signs of Reptiles and Amphibians" will be teaching about the tracks of these scaly, slimy, and slithering animals.
This course covers tracks and sign of reptiles and amphibians from both west and east of the Cascade Mountains, and beyond. Learn about how snakes slither, salamanders plod, and frogs leap. Learn about how these animals, commonly called "herps," move; interact with their environments and with their fellow animals; and the evidence they leave behind.
In this course you will learn:
On Saturday class begins with a short presentation at the Alderleaf campus, with the rest of the day spent in the field at local tracking hotspots on the west side of the Cascades, focusing on amphibian tracks and sign. On Sunday the class will travel over the mountains to the sagebrush deserts of central Washington to focus on reptiles. Fil will share the new information about herp tracks & sign that he discovered through the process of creating the field guide!
Filip Tkaczyk is an
experienced naturalist who has extensively studied the ecosystems of
Washington State. He is the author of "Tracks
and Sign of Reptiles and Amphibians" through Stackpole
Books. He is certified as a Track & Sign
Specialist and earned a B.S.
in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington. Fil has worked for Seattle Audubon, the Wildlife Society, and
the Olympic National Park. He is also a professional nature photographer who has
captured wildlife images around the world.