Canoe and Wildlife Tracking
Sunday, July 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm
Animal tracks and sign are a sort of language, telling stories of both the mundane and the unusual aspects of the lives of wild animals. Learning to decipher what is ‘written’ on the earth is a way of listening to the land, whether utilized as a form of ecological monitoring and citizen science, a contemplative or spiritual practice, or both.
We will spend time getting the basics of clear print identification and the distinguishing features of major biological families. This will naturally lead us to touch on animal behavior and movement. We will wander some local riparian areas, see a rich area of tracks and try to discern what they are together. Hopefully we’ll have time to plaster-cast some tracks, too.
We’ll spend about 4 hours on a 8-mile section of the lower St. Vrain river, canoeing and looking for tracks.
No canoeing experience is necessary and we will provide basic instruction and orientation at the beginning of every trip, including learning river safety, paddle strokes, and how to read the river and work with the current. All of your river gear (boat, lifejacket, & paddle) will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings.
This workshop is open to people of all gender identities.
$75 includes all equipment, canoe and tracking instruction.
And Canoe Instructor: Lauren Bond Kovsky