When you travel in the backcountry, you are surrounded by wildlife, many of which you never see. This class will provide students with basic knowledge on how to be aware and safely recreate in remote and wilderness habitats. Students will learn to identify wildlife, their tracks, and other signs they leave. Wildlife covered will include: beavers, rabbits, raccoons, deer, elk, coyotes, wolves, bears, cougars, various birds, and more.
We will address and hopefully resolve common fears and misconceptions about predators. Also, students will receive training on how to respond appropriately to encounters with bears, cougars, elk, coyotes, and wolves. Students will gain practical skills in the use and importance of carrying bear spray and the use of field guides to track animals. Participants will also learn about wildlife attractant management and current best practices to reduce human impacts on wildlife populations.
About Instructor Callie Moore:
Callie is the Assistant District Wildlife Biologist for Skagit and Whatcom counties with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been with the agency since October 2018. Callie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ecological Restoration from Trent University, Ontario in 2012, and then spent the next few years working seasonal jobs in a variety of natural resource disciplines (habitat restoration, fisheries monitoring, and avian research) all over North America. Three of those years were spent working in Alaska on the picturesque Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge where she focused on waterfowl research and monitoring projects. Callie returned to school in 2016 and has been working towards completion of her Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology & Management at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she’s not at work, you can find Callie camping, hiking, cycling, or garage sailing with her partner Jacob, alone in the garden gardening, or spending time with her dog Mollie.
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