Advanced Wildlife Tracks & Sign
Learn to identify the trails, gaits, scat, and other animal sign for a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Welcome to Wildlife Tracks & SignFREE PREVIEW
Introduction: Scats & Pellets
Readings: Scats & Pellets
Lecture: Canine & Feline Scat
Lecture: Ungulate Scat
Lecture: Bears, Skunks & Procyonidae Scat
Lecture: Medium Sized Mammal Scat
Lecture: Rodent Scat
Lecture: Reptile & Amphibian Scat
Lecture: Bird Droppings
Lecture: Bird Pellets
Q&A: Scats & Pellets
Exercise: Scats & Pellets
Flashcards: Scats & Pellets
Introduction: Other Animal Sign
Readings: Other Animal Sign
Lecture: Runs, Beds, Burrows, & Lodges
Lecture: Tree-Shrub Sign & Scrapes
Lecture: Above Ground Feeding Sign
Lecture: Digging & Rooting Sign
Lecture: Predation & Scavenge Events
Lecture: Skeletal RemainsFREE PREVIEW
Q&A: Other Animal Sign
Exercise: Other Animal Sign
Flashcards: Other Animal Sign
Introduction: Aging Tracks & Sign
Readings: Aging Tracks & Sign
Lecture: Introduction to Aging Tracks
Lecture: Criteria for Aging Tracks
Lecture: Aging Criteria for Other Sign
Lecture: Estimating Age & Classifications
Lecture: Aging by Reason
Lecture: Aging Learning Exercises
Q&A: Aging Tracks & Sign
Exercise: Aging Tracks & Sign
Flashcards: Aging Tracks & Sign
Introduction: Animal Gaits
Readings: Animal Gaits
Lecture: Gait Characteristics
Lecture: Continuous Gaits
Lecture: Grouped Gaits
Lecture: Measuring Gaits
Demonstration: Animal Gaits
Animation: Animal Gaits
Q&A: Animal Gaits
Exercise: Animal Gaits
Flashcards: Animal Gaits
Introduction: Trailing Animals
Readings: Trailing Animals
Lecture: Fundamentals of Trailing
Lecture: Principles of Trailing
Lecture: Trailing Field Reminders
Lecture: Trailing Strategies
Lecture: Trailing Learning Exercises
Q&A: Trailing Animals
Exercise: Trailing Animals
Flashcards: Trailing Animals
This course was one of the best classes that I've ever taken...the overall experience was awesome. As the course progressed, I began to recognize patterns and everything began to click logically.
This course was one of the best classes that I've ever taken...the overall experience was awesome. As the course progressed, I began to recognize patterns and everything began to click logically.Read Less
The course was excellent. It was my first study into tracks and sign, and shortly after finishing it I attended a tracking evaluation and earned a certification!
The course was excellent. It was my first study into tracks and sign, and shortly after finishing it I attended a tracking evaluation and earned a certification!Read Less
The course focuses on North American species, but the fundamentals that are covered apply anywhere in the world. For example, the basic characteristics of feline tracks are the same in Africa and Asia as they are in North America. The same is true with canine tracks and most other animal groups. Additionally, topics like gaits and animal sign are also applicable no matter where you reside.
This course is self-paced and you can go through the material as quickly or slowly as you prefer. You are allowed to skip material and jump ahead to later chapters if you desire, though for the optimum learning experience this is not recommended as earlier chapters may be foundational to understanding later ones.
There is no expiration date for this course. You are not able to download course materials; however, you can access the course for as long as you like so you can revisit the material at any time.
In addition to the course curriculum listed in the above section, there is a preview so that you can get a sense of what you will learn. Select the "Free Preview" button at the top of this page and then create a new account or login if you have an existing one to view it.
Each chapter has optional assignments that include exercises and quizzes (you can retake the latter as many times as you like) that reinforce the material presented in the lectures so that you can put into practice what you learn.
There aren't any prerequisites or course requirements other than you need to have a computer or smartphone with a browser and internet connection that is sufficient to stream the lecture videos. No previous knowledge of the subject matter is needed so you can be a complete novice.
This course is individual based and hence there is not any interaction with other students.
If you are interested in earning CEU's/CEC's, contact us prior to enrolling in the course.
Once you complete your purchase, there are no refunds or credits issued and your enrollment cannot be transferred to another person.
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