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PNW Wildlife Tracking

Jul 16, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022

$100 Enroll

Full course description

Course Date & Time:

Saturday July 16, 2022- 9:00am - 3:00pm PST


Course Notes

This course is held in-person at our Bastyr University Kenmore Campus. Participants will meet outside the University entrance by the Flagpole Parking Lot by 9:00am on the day of class.

Registration is open to those ages 12+. 
Please be sure to dress for the weather and wear those hiking boots!
There is no food service available on campus at this time, so please bring your lunch. 

Canvas Classroom

By registering for the course, you are given access to a Canvas classroom. This is optional, but it will hold any resources and links discussed in class, and you will need to access it to complete your post-course evaluation and competency quiz if you'd like a certificate of completion. Please check your email following registration for access instructions. You will not have access until the day of class. For any issues related to Canvas access, please email us at 


About the Course

This intro level PNW Wildlife Tracking Course will cover the skills that beginners will need to delve further into the subject. The course begins with the basics of local and site-specific ecology including anthropogenic influences on the landscape. After the ecological foundation has been built the class moves into the skills needed to identify and interpret clear tracks and make simple interpretations of wildlife behavior and identification including age, sex, and gaits. Along with tracks we will also look at wildlife signs and begin to build hypotheses regarding the age of sign-based-upon recent weather sequences. At the end of the class recommendations for internet and book resources will be provided for those interested.

What to Bring

Class will be held at Bastyr University's Kenmore campus, as well as around the surrounding St. Edward State Park. Please meet at the front of the school by the Flagpole parking lot by 9:00am on the day of class. 

Materials TBA- You will recieve an email prior to class with instructions on how to find the class and what to bring with you. 

This class is held outdoors- please dress for the weather.

Course Learning Objectives & Goals

  • Learn to identify the clear tracks of multiple taxa.
  • Learn to use weather patterns to provide an approximate age when a track was made.
  • Learn to interpret gait patterns.
  • Learn some of the basic biotic and abiotic components of their biome.
  • Learn about wildlife behavior including wildlife and plant interactions.
  • Learn the basics of interpreting bird alarm call systems.

Course Completion Requirements (in order to receive a Certificate of Completion)

  • You must attend the live session of the class held at BU Kenmore
  • You must complete the course exam with a 75% or higher to pass.
  • You must complete the course evaluation.

About the Instructor

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Christopher Byrd (he/him) has been a naturalist for the last twenty years focusing on the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, American Southwest, and increasingly the Neotropics. He holds a professional tracker certification through CyberTracker International in South Africa. He has been fortunate to teach tracking, field botany, and birding for several local organizations including The North Cascades Institute, Wilderness Awareness School, Wild Whatcom, The Cascade Land Conservancy, and Western Washington University. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 2008 with a BA in education and a Professional Degree in Elementary Education. He is currently finishing a Master of Science in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology from Prescott College in Northern Arizona.


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