Beginning in Janaury, the Northeast Wilderness Trust will sponsor a training program for Champlain Valley residents interested in participating in research and long-term monitoring of wildlife presence in the eastern Adirondacks.
The training program, taught by renowned wildlife expert Susan Morse of Keeping Track, will focus on finding and interpreting wildlife sign. By participating in the course, trained citizens, together with a team sponsored by the Willowell Foundation in Vermont, will collect wildlife data to better understand priority habitat locations and landscape-linkage planning all the way from the Adirondack Park across the Champlain Valley to the Green Mountains.
The wildlife monitoring training will be held during six full-day field programs and two evening classes over the course of the year. Registration is required. Scholarship money is available on a limited basis.
Keeping Track (www.keepingtrack.org) is a nonprofit organization based in Huntington, Vt., whose mission is to inspire community participation in the long-term stewardship of wildlife habitat.
The Northeast Wilderness Trust (newildernesstrust.org) is a key partner in the development of the Split Rock Wildway in eastern Essex County. By working with private landowners and organizations, the Wilderness Trust has connected important wild landscapes that allow movement through corridors critical to native animals. This effort is part of a larger vision to connect the Adirondack Park to the Green Mountain National Forest and other wilderness areas across the Northeastern United States.
By offering this training, Northeast Wilderness Trust gives landowners and other interested citizens the opportunity to learn wildlife tracking skills, understand local flora and fauna and collect valuable information about how wildlife utilize habitats and move across the landscape. In addition to the core Keeping Track training, optional additional workshops on topics such as orienteering, GPS use, keeping a field journal and online resources will be offered.
The wildlife monitoring program will also include a series of natural history lectures and workshops entitled “Wild and Connected” that is open to the public. The next program in the series will be Dec. 10 when veterinarian and naturalist Alcott Smith will explore how animals prepare for winter.
For information about the wildlife monitoring training or the Wild and Connected series, contact Elizabeth Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.newildernsstrust.org.
source: Pree Repuublican