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Tracking Wildlife in Rocky: Signs of Creatures Basics in RMNP

  • 1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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A story exists all around us as we walk through the woods. Animals use the same area we do but often go unnoticed since much of their activity occurs off trails, at night, or early or late in the day. Do you know how to read the signs they leave behind? If not, this class is for you. Enjoy walking through the woods, along streams, and in meadows as we look for animals and their signs and develop our scat and track identification skills. We will visit den sites used by bobcats, fox, coyote, and other animals as well as nests used by birds. From a distance (if Trail Ridge road is open to Rainbow Curve), we will look at the habitat black bears use to select their dens. Participants will be surprised by the abundance of signs left behind by our furred and feathered friends. The class will also provide a better understanding of community ecology and dynamics relative to hierarchical structure and trophic cascades.