Tracking can be explained as interpreting an animal or human presence and passage in nature. The art of seeing, as trackers often call tracking, is an ancient survival skill.
Tracking is a survival skill that never goes out of style.
Animal & Man Tracking - Oregon
Our survival depends on locating water, food, and finding a safe place to camp for the night. Tracking is an important survival tool that help us to meet our core needs.
When we track, we may find tracks left by wildlife, bruised leaves may show us someone has recently walked here. Using other senses such as our sense of hearing or smell can lead us to water.
Tracking uses all our senses.
Tracking in the simplest of terms is acknowledging and following a disturbance. What Trackers call Sign. A Tracker can glean specific information from a track, sign, or disturbance made by animal or man.
Sign is found on the landscape. For instance, a raccoon leaves or registers its prints in the soft sand along the shore of a lake. What is the Raccoon up to? A freshly browsed shrub with shiny clipped stems may tell us how recently a deer has fed.
Practical tracking has many uses, from discovering what animals visit your yard to wildlife observation. Of course, tracking can be a great skill to develop for hunting success. Trackers are found in the military, law enforcement, and search and rescue.
"Getting down on the ground low, turn off the "noise", and really just look hard. It's a wonderful world down there and just one story after another in very minute forms. Thanks, Mark, for making me continue to search for one track after another. Had a blast, I will be back again." ~Roberta Kellis
Two-day - Intro Animal Tracking
Emphasis is on building a solid foundation in animal tracking and the ‘art of seeing’. And how it relates to tracking wildlife and survival. This course is composed of lecture and field study.
Dates: October 02-03, 2021
Location: Florence, OR.
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Advanced Animal Tracking
Prerequisite: intro-animal tracking
Dates: To be announced
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Emphasis is on fundamental Search and Rescue Visual Man-Tracking techniques with lecture and field study. Coming 2021
Contact Mark for individual or group training.
Intro to Man-Tracking -to be announced
Advanced Man-Tracking - to be announced
Prerequisite: Intro Man-Tracking. Adv. Man-Track includes evening-night tracking. Meets all SAR Man tracking test criteria and then some.
Courses are held south of Florence, OR. Florence is an hour's drive west of Eugene and three and a half - hours north of Medford. And a three and a half-hour drive south of Portland. For Bend and Central Oregon, however, expect 3 to 4 hours.
- Driving directions, gear list, course forms, specific to your class are provided upon registration
- Camping and meals are not provided
- First day start time 8:40 AM - end time 4:PM
- No smoking
- No dogs or pets of any kind allowed on camp premises or in vehicles
- Leave No Trace: pack it in and pack it out
Not available on site. See area accommodations for Camping, Honeyman Memorial State Park, Lagoon Campground, Darlings Marina & RV Resort are the closest. Motel accommodations in and around Florence OR. 97439, and Dune City.