The International Standard for Wildlife Tracker Training Wildlife Track & Sign • Trailing World-class Instruction and Assessment David Moskowitz READ THE STORIES OF THE LIVING WORLD David Moskowitz Casey McFarland JOIN A SUPPORTIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY Marcus Reynerson David Moskowitz FOLLOW THE TRAILS OF YOUR WILD NEIGHBORS David Moskowitz David Moskowitz IMMERSE IN REGIONAL NATURAL HISTORY David Moskowitz Casey McFarland

Professional-level wildlife tracking and ecology certification and training.

This intensive, highly educational process is globally recognized as an unparalleled tool for learning about local wildlife and landscapes while preserving and advancing tracking skill.

The system is divided into two primary components

Learn to recognize tracks of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates on your landscape, and to interpret animal movement and behavior. This explorative practice reveals a hidden world of wildlife sign, and develops the ability to find subtle evidence of animal presence. In short, this skill set facilitates knowledge on a remarkable variety of life in an ecosystem.

Learn to follow tracks through landscapes with the purpose of finding and observing the animal(s) that made them—while remaining undetected. Trailing builds knowledge of wildlife and local landscapes, confidence to follow trail in difficult conditions,  heightened awareness and stealth, and an ability to move quietly cross-country in small teams.

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    Validates skilled trackers

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    Provides unparalleled tracker training

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    Develops strong naturalist skills

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    Promotes integrity and scientific inquiry in wildlife tracking

Upcoming Certifications

Get Notified of Upcoming Certifications:

Track & Sign

  • March 18, 2021Western Washington - Certification for the Snoqualmie Tribe (Closed to Public)
  • March 27, 2021Central Ohio
  • March 29, 2021Central Ohio
  • April 10, 2021Eastern Washington
  • April 17, 2021Southwest Washington
  • May 1, 2021Eastern Washington
  • September 4, 2021Central Minnesota
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Track & Sign Specialist

  • April 10, 2021South Texas
AEC v1.0.4


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AEC v1.0.4

Trailing Specialist

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AEC v1.0.4

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Track and Sign

Identification and Interpretation

Participants are evaluated in the field on their ability to identify and interpret tracks and sign of all species encountered. Tracks may be big or small, clear or obscure.


Following and Finding Animals

Participants are evaluated on their ability to follow tracks and find animals. Five aspects are evaluated: spoor recognition, anticipation, situational awareness, alertness, and stealth.


Bringing it Together

Awarded to those certified in both a Track & Sign and Trailing. Participants receive the lower of the ranks; if one has a Track & Sign Level II and a Trailing Level III, they receive a Tracker Level II.

Newest Trailing Evaluator: David Moskowitz

Anyone who has ever participated in a trailing evaluation can understand what I’m about to say. Trailing is hard. Becoming an evaluator doesn’t make it any easier! And the road to get there is long. Dave recently conducted his first…

6 New Track and Sign Specialists in the Pacific Northwest

Congratulations to Gabe Spence, Nate Bacon, Shimo Rodin, Sarah Spaeth, Andy Stratton, and Charlie Serra on their Track and Sign Specialists! 6 New Track and Sign Specialists in the Pacific Northwest In early October we held our first Track and…

Closing the Gap: Trailing tips from Preston Taylor

Preston Taylor will be joining the CTNA team as a Trailing Evaluator; he is phenomenal in the woods, and spends a large portion of his time on trail–he has a lot to offer all of us! From Preston: “In my…

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Tracker Certifications are hosted by universities, institutes, individuals, and other educational entities in numerous countries around the world.
Don’t see a nearby tracker certification? Consider hosting one.


Gene Miller–TPWD Biologist–In my 35 years with Texas Parks and Wildlife, this is by far the best training I have ever attended.

Barry Marten–Western Tracking Institute–The CyberTracker Evaluation is the most accurate indicator of an individuals’ tracking skill yet devised.

Chip Ruthven–TPWD Director, Matador WMA–All staff indicated that this was one of the best training experiences they have had while working for TPWD. This is the type of training that allows us to hone our naturalist skills and become better biologists. I look forward to future evaluations…

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