East End Eco-Ventures

Join us to explore the east end of Long Island through nature-based outdoor adventures and educational activities.

READING WILDLIFE TRACK & SIGN WORKSHOP

Sunday July 19, 2015

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

(sponsored by Long Island Nature Organization)

Location: The Walking Dunes, Hither Hills State Park
Fee: $130 ($117 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

These courses are taught by George Leoniak (www.leoniaktracking.com), one of the six CyberTracker evaluators in North America, and provide participants the opportunity to pursue Track and Sign Certification from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized non-profit that established the international standard for assessing wildlife tracking and sign skills. Participants in the one-day course will have the opportunity to test for Level I certification.

In wildlife research and monitoring, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting data on the presence, range and distribution of animal species. However, there are concerns about the integrity of the data from these types of surveys. In response to these concerns, the CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System was designed to establish reliable, standardized tracking skills.

These workshops are open to naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge. Over 60 wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, educators and interested naturalists have taken this popular program on Long Island since March 2014.

LINO founder and wildlife biologist Mike Bottini took this workshop in New Hampshire in February 2014, and invited instructor George Leoniak to Long Island that spring to offer it here. “This is the best field naturalist workshop I’ve ever taken,” says Bottini. “George is an amazing instructor. I realized its potential to train naturalists on Long Island to help document the distribution of rare and elusive species here, such as the gray fox, river otter, and some day soon a breeding population of coyotes.”

“I enjoyed the course a very great deal. It opened my eyes to the richness of information that tracks and signs can reveal–if you know how to read them. I look forward to learning more.” Betty Borowsky, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Nassau Community College

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at

mike@peconic.org or 631-267-5228.

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