FOR/WFB 015 Wildlife Track Analysis
Title : FOR 015 / WFB 015
s Jericho Research Forest inJericho, Vermont (classroom building and outside); however, there may be a section taught on-campus usingCentennial Woods. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the Jericho location.
This class will explore the interaction of living creatures with the Earth through the endless details, clues andmysteries that are left inside
track. Emphasis is placed on gleaning as much information as possiblefrom a single track. Students will explore the landscape of the track itself and learn to identify, interpret anddiscuss
the animal‟s major
body movements regarding forward motion including speed, changes of directionand head position. From
one animal‟s track
, the student will learn how to glean sufficient information about the
animal‟s movements to identify where
other animals were present on the landscape and to locate the tracks ofthose other animals. Through a deeper understanding of the track, a deeper understanding of the animaland landscape will emerge.(Note: This course is about how to
individual tracks. The ability to
tracks is the domain of the Intro toTracking course. The ability to find and follow trails is the domain of the Trail Analysis course.)
1. Appreciation of
how one animal‟s
behavior and movements affect the forest and vice versa.2. Awareness of the location and identity of surrounding animals by reading a single animal track.3. Discovering evidence of
movement within the forest through
an animal‟s track.
1. To become aware of how body movements refer through the ankle to the feet and manifest in the track.2. To read tracks to identify when an animal changed speed and/or direction, and where it was looking.3. To expand
awareness of the interaction among wildlife in the forest.
General Course Information
There are no prerequisites for this course and it does not assume nor require that thestudent have any background, experience, or education in tracking. Students are simply asked to exhibitan open mind, positive attitude, thirst for knowledge, and respect for others.