Winter tracking programs

Pomfret - posted Jan, 09 2014

POMFRET- Take a winter walk and you’ll discover wildlife signs in your own backyard. Many wild animals are active throughout winter, searching for food. From small birds and rodents, to larger animals like bobcats, deer, and fox, these unique tracks tell a story of native wildlife activity. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret offers three upcoming programs: an evening presentation about coyotes, a wildlife workshop, and Saturday tracking hikes. Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.: Eastern Coyote in New England. Learn more about this adaptable member of the dog family from wildlife ecologist, Chris Schadler, as she speaks on her experiences on wolf recovery in the Great Lake States as well as her work as both a sheep farmer in New Hampshire for over 20 years. Fee: $5 CAS member, $10 non-member. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2-4 p.m.: Skulls, Skins, and Scat. (snow date Sunday, Jan. 25) This wildlife workshop will be of interest to families and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Come find out more about our local wildlife through our collection of mammal mounts, pelts and skulls. Also learn how to recognize common signs left by mammals of northeastern Connecticut such as the bobcat, coyote, fox, fisher, otter and more. Fee: $10 for CAS members, $15 for non-members. Saturday Tracking Hikes: Adults and teens who want to learn wildlife tracking skills, can register for a Saturday tracking hike. One hike with Citizen Science leaders, Paula Coughlin and Fran Baranski, will peak your interest in a training program offered throughout the year. Citizen Science volunteers help collect wildlife information in our area. All hikes are scheduled from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and subject to change due to weather. Fee per tracking hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.


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