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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

  • August 7, 2021Northern Wisconsin Track & Sign Evaluation
  • August 21, 2021North Carolina Smoky Mountains Track and Sign Evaluation
  • September 3, 2021Central Minnesota
  • September 5, 2021Central Minnesota
  • September 23, 2021Central Oregon
  • September 23, 2021Southern Maine
  • September 25, 2021Southern Maine
  • September 25, 2021Central Oregon
  • October 2, 2021Western Washington
  • October 9, 2021Central Indiana
  • October 11, 2021Central Indiana (Closed to the public)
  • October 16, 2021Edmonton Alberta Canada
  • October 16, 2021Central Ohio
  • November 6, 2021Santa Barbara, CA
  • November 10, 2021Ventura, CA
  • November 13, 2021San Diego, CA
AEC v1.0.4

Track & Sign Specialist

  • September 18, 2021New England Specialist
  • April 2, 2022Cuyama, CA
  • May 28, 2022Minnesota Specialist Evaluation
AEC v1.0.4

Trailing

  • October 7, 2021Washington Trailing Eval
  • October 9, 2021Washington Trailing Eval
  • October 23, 2021Trailing Evaluation- Central Ohio
  • October 30, 2021Trailing Evaluation - West Virginia
  • February 14, 2022Trailing Evaluation - Poland
  • February 19, 2022Trailing Evaluation - Berlin, Germany
  • May 28, 2022Virginia
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.

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.

Tracker

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.

CyberTracker Protocol Review

We are currently in discussion with our international collaborators in South Africa to rewrite the protocols for the evaluation process. We hope this will make the process fairer, more consistent, and more transparent for participants and evaluators alike. Stay tuned.…

New Track and Sign Evaluator!

We’re very honored to add Daniel P. Hansche to our Evaluator team! Dan has been there from CyberTracker’s beginning in North America. He’s gone to extraordinary lengths to achieve this goal, and to help the effort to spread wildlife tracking…

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…

Host a Certification

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.

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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