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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

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Track & Sign

  • May 15, 2021Teanaway Community Forest, Washington
  • May 22, 2021Central Texas Certification
  • May 22, 2021Olympic Pennisula, Washington
  • May 22, 2021Central New England, Track & Sign
  • June 12, 2021Leavenworth Washington
  • June 26, 2021Bay Area California
  • July 10, 2021North Bay area Track and Sign Evaluation
  • July 17, 2021Marin County California Track & Sign Evaluation
  • August 7, 2021Northern Wisconsin Track & Sign Evaluation
  • September 4, 2021Central Minnesota
  • September 25, 2021Central Oregon
  • September 25, 2021Southern Maine
  • October 2, 2021Western Washington
  • October 9, 2021Central Indiana
  • October 11, 2021Central Indiana (Closed to the public)
  • October 16, 2021Central Ohio
  • October 16, 2021Edmonton Alberta Canada
  • November 6, 2021Santa Barbara, CA
  • November 10, 2021Ventura, CA
  • November 13, 2021San Diego, CA
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Track & Sign Specialist

  • September 18, 2021New England Specialist
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Trailing

  • May 15, 2021South West Oregon Trailing
  • June 19, 2021Central Virginia Trailing
  • July 10, 2021Washington Trailing Eval
  • October 9, 2021Washington Trailing Eval
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Trailing Specialist

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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.

Trailing

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.

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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.

New Track and Sign Specialist in Texas

A big congratulations to Earth Native tracking instructor Marcia Karr for achieving Track and Sign Specialist last week in south Texas! It was a tough eval in sweltering heat and 100% humidity–it seems there’s always something to compound the already…

New Track and Sign Specialist in northwestern Montana

Congraduations to Luke Lamar, Conservation Director for Swan Valley Connections, who earned a Track and Sign Specialist Certificate this past week. A true local expert in the Swan Valley where he grew up, Luke puts his tracking skills to work…

North American Wildlife Tracking Conference April 24-25, 2021

CyberTracker North America invites you to the North American Wildlife Tracker Conference, taking place online on April 24-25, 2021. The conference will showcase how professional trackers are applying tracking across the continent and around the world, the status of the…

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Tracker Certifications are hosted by universities, institutes, individuals, and other educational entities in numerous countries around the world.
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Testimonials

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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