Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Wildlife Tracking, Ecology with Susan Morse

Susan Morse of Keeping Track and the staff of the Wild Center will offer a full day tracking workshop on Saturday, October 22nd. The Adirondacks offer a unique opportunity for learning about wildlife through tracking. During the workshop, the following topics are addressed: detection and interpretation of tracks and sign of focal species such as marten, black bear, bobcat, fisher, mink, river otter, coyote, moose as well as birds; conservation biology as it relates to data collection; forest ecology and plant identification as they relate to mammal uses of habitat for food and shelter; ‘search imaging’ – Sue Morse’s technique for predictably looking in the right places and finding signs; and an introduction to science-based field studies. Includes course book of readings and resources authored by Susan Morse.

Coast to coast and from British Columbia to Mexico, Susan Morse is regarded as an expert in carnivore tracking and natural history. Founder and current Program Director of Keeping Track, Morse has been an active participant in Western Forest Carnivores Committee meetings and is a founding member of the Northeast Carnivore Conservation Working Group. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, from the general public to wildlife experts.

In 2001 Morse received the Franklin Fairbanks Award for her lifelong creative and dedicated service to enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among the residents of New England. Morse has authored many articles and is regularly featured in Northern Woodlands. She has been on NPR‘s “Morning Edition”. She has also appeared in many other publications, including: Smithsonian, Audubon, Amicus Journal, Forest Magazine, Wild Earth, The Nature Conservancy, and Ranger Rick.

Morse’s life work and photography is featured in The Woods Scientist by Stephen Swinburne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002).

Fifteen years ago, Morse founded Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills. Keeping Track’s mission is to empower multiple stakeholders to use their knowledge to detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and wildlife habitat in their communities. Data collected by Keeping Track teams has influenced the conservation of over 30,000 acres of habitat in twelve states and Quebec.

Registration is required. Cost: $75.00 non-members/$68.00 members. Includes course book of readings and resources authored by Susan Morse.


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