Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 | info@rensselaerplateau.org

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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Winter Tracking

Rensselaer Land Trust, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance have teamed up to offer this year's winter tracking series.

 

Join local tracking experts Dan Yacobellis, Patricia Liddle, and Josh Wood for a series of four workshops to learn animal tracks or to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops; each workshop will add a new layer to the tracking experience.

Cost is $20 for each workshop, $15 for members of RPA, RLT, and Friends of Dyken Pond. Space is limited, and you must register in advance online, or contact 518-659-5263. Contact the trip leader with any questions. Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow and ice conditions, proper footwear and snowshoes or microspikes may be needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, hot drinks, and hand and feet warmers.

Tracking Basics with Josh Wood

Kinderhook Creek Preserve

Saturday, January 4, 10am - 1pm

Workshop Leader: Josh Wood, josh@flyingdeernaturecenter.org

We will focus on learning key characteristics in track identification, and begin to unravel various track patterns and how they correspond to the way the animal was moving, providing us with insight into its behavior and a window into its life. We will also look at other types of animal sign, gaining an increased awareness of the wildlife that surrounds us. Questions: contact workshop leader.

 

Register Here

Josh Wood is the Program Director of Flying Deer Nature Center in East Chatham. He’s an avid tracker, naturalist and wilderness skills mentor. He leads a monthly tracking club in the East Chatham area.

Tracking with Dan Yacobellis
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Saturday, January 18, 9am - 1pm

Workshop Leader: Dan Yacobellis, miye_yelo@yahoo.com

Learn basic identification of animal track and sign. Even if you are experienced in tracking, there will be plenty of opportunity to put your knowledge to the test and even pick up some new insights. We will spend some time around each track or sign we see learning details to help identify the species and possibly the individual who made it. We may even choose to follow them for a while to get to know their habits, areas of interest, and range, and maybe even their personality. Questions: contact workshop leader.

Register Here

Dan Yacobellis runs Tamakoce Wilderness Programs in Grafton, immersing children and adults in wilderness living experiences. He is a long-time Plateau resident and teacher, and has led many tracking outings on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Tracking with Dan Yacobellis (2)

Poestenkill Community Forest

Sunday, February 9, 9am- 1pm

Workshop Leader: Dan Yacobellis, miye_yelo@yahoo.com

Learn basic identification of animal track and sign. Even if you are experienced in tracking, there will be plenty of opportunity to put your knowledge to the test and even pick up some new insights. We will spend some time around each track or sign we see learning details to help identify the species and possibly the individual who made it. We may even choose to follow them for a while to get to know their habits, areas of interest, and range, and maybe even their personality. Questions: contact workshop leader.

Register Here

Dan Yacobellis runs Tamakoce Wilderness Programs in Grafton, immersing children and adults in wilderness living experiences. He is a long-time Plateau resident and teacher, and has led many tracking outings on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Tracking with Patricia Liddle

Albert Family Community Forest

Saturday, February 29, 9am- 1pm

Workshop Leader: Patricia Liddle, plcanaan@fairpoint.net

We will explore the Albert Family Forest for animal tracks and sign that reveal the stories happening all around us. We will not be sticking to a foot trail, but going where the wildlife leads us.

Register Here

Patricia Liddle is a student and lover of nature from when she was a child on her hands and knees in a pond looking for tadpoles to recently following fisher tracks on Harvey Mtn. She has studied tracking with Sue Morse, George Leoniak, Josh Woods, and, of course, the animals.