7 people are interested
Join a Wildlife Tracking Team!
7 people are interested
Help us search the snowy trails of Mt Hood National Forest for tracks and sign of rare carnivores and document other wildlife. Join the Tracking Team!
The winter tracking survey is part of the Wolverine Tracking Project, a long-term community science project studying rare carnivores in Mt Hood National Forest.
- Learn to identify animals based on their tracks and signs.
- Gain valuable field-based experience while learning about and helping to protect our local wildlife!
- Help search for wolverine and wolves, study the distribution of rare montane red fox, and document other resident carnivores.
Tracking encompasses knowledge of animal behavior, awareness, ecology, and more, and is an important skill for anyone looking to get into conservation, wildlife biology, environmental science and resource management, forestry, or for anyone looking to develop a deeper connection and understanding with the natural world. The more you study tracking, the more you realize that everything, in fact, leaves a track of some sort.
Tracking teams leave for Mt Hood from Portland almost every weekend throughout winter. Surveys are completed by snowshoe in groups of up to 8 total, led by 1-2 Tracking Leaders.
To volunteer, we ask that you first attend a two-part, online Tracker Training. We will also have optional Field Trainings for those who want to get a hands-on, in-person experience before tracking on the mountain.
Training cost: $35 total for the two sessions and the optional field training. This is the same price as an annual membership and provides all the same benefits, as well as the opportunity to develop your tracking skills alongside other Trackers all season long!
Tracker Training I: November 3, 7:00-8:30 pm
- Wolverine Tracking Project overview, target species, and track identification
Tracker Training II: November 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
- Animal gait identification, data collection, signing up for surveys
Option Field Trainings:
- November 13, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- November 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- November 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Group Tracker Requirements:
Everyone is welcome to apply, no experience is necessary!
However, you must meet the following qualifications:
- be able to snowshoe up to 2 miles. This is the equivalent to hiking around 5 miles. If you have never been on snowshoes before, be aware that it uses different muscles than you might be used to!
- be comfortable in various survey conditions for up to 6 hours, which can involve: rain and/or snow; icy surfaces or deep snow; standing in one place for long periods of time to inspect tracks/trails/sign; and some uphill snowshoeing.
- provide all required gear and equipment (see website link below)
- provide all own transportation
*Drivers must be comfortable driving in winter conditions, and highway regulations require that 2-wheel drive vehicles carry tire chains.
- accurately follow survey protocol
- agree to Cascadia Wild's COVID-19 Protocols which include: wearing a mask within 10 feet of others, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between others at all times
- commit to at least 2 surveys in the season
*Register by October 24*
More information and to register:
We hope to see you on the mountain this winter!
About CASCADIA WILD
5431 NE 20TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97211, US
The mission of Cascadia Wild is to connect people of all ages with the natural world, combining modern ecology with ancient practices of living with the earth. We do this by teaching naturalist skills, creating meaningful interactions with local natural areas, and providing stewardship opportunities for serving the wildlife, forests, and land of the Pacific Northwest.
We believe in balancing scientific study with heartfelt connection, creativity, and holistic awareness, combining the awareness of a native tracker with the knowledge of a modern scientist. Our teaching style uses hands-on experiential learning to engage all the senses. By tapping into a person's own natural curiosity, nature itself becomes the teacher. The goal of this style of learning is to instill a strong connection to the land and a passion for stewardship.
Through our community science Wolverine Tracking Project, our goals are not only to inform research and management but to also offer an opportunity for stewardship. By providing a space where people can learn about and help protect the abundant life with whom we share the forest, we seek to instill a sense of belonging to a place and a recognition of the responsibility that comes with that, to inspire stewardship in the actions of everyday life.
We hope to foster a community of trackers, foragers, naturalists, community scientists, stewards, and people more deeply connected with the natural world - a community that is also a part of the wild life and wild places of Cascadia, our home.
It is our vision that people and communities everywhere will act with care and respect for the natural world, motivated by their understanding of their place in our interconnected ecosystems and their perception of their role in the cycle of life.
5431 NE 20th AvePortland, OR 97211
September 17, 2021
- Orientation or Training