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ORGANIZATION: CASCADIA WILD

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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!

Training: November 3, 6:30-8:30pm, online
Introduction to Wildlife Tracking Class (required of all new volunteers): November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, online
Tracking surveys: November through March

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 surveys are done in groups lead by an experienced Tracking Leader. Surveys dates are set ahead of time, about one every weekend from December through March, and volunteers sign up ahead of time for the survey days they want to help with. We ask that you help out on a minimum of two surveys. On a survey, teams meet on Mt Hood, and snowshoe along designated one mile-long transects. A survey usually takes all day.

Requirements: ​
  • ​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!
  • Have transportation to Mt Hood National Forest
  • Ability to pay attention and accurately follow survey protocol
More information and to register: http://www.cascadiawild.org/winter-tracking.html

We hope to see you on the mountain this winter!

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About CASCADIA WILD

Location:

5431 NE 20TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97211, US

Mission Statement

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Community
Environment
Animals, Community, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Portland, OR 97211

(45.57674,-122.63867)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Training: November 3, 6:30-8:30pm, online Introduction to Wildlife Tracking Class (required of all new volunteers): November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, online Tracking surveys: November through March, we ask you help out on at least two surveys
  • ​Able to snowshoe up to 2 miles; Have transportation to Mt Hood National Forest; Ability to pay attention and accurately follow survey protocol. For a complete list of requirements, see our website: http://www.cascadiawild.org/winter-tracking.html

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