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Great Tracks! – Learn about animal tracking in the Winter

January 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center’s Wild Winter Weekends continue with activities from now until the end of March. There is a program guaranteed to keep everyone in the family entertained, enlightened and warm during these long winter months.

BobcatOn Friday, January 21st at 7 pm join nationally recognized naturalist and wildlife specialist Susan Morse, of Keeping Track®, for Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Moose and More. Have you ever seen an animal track while walking in the woods and wondered what animal made it? Wouldn’t it be nice to know, not only what animal made it, but where they might have been going and what they might have been looking for? Sue will dazzle us with a slide show of her spectacular wildlife photos and an interactive talk on the biology and ecology of carnivorous mammals, using humor, personal anecdotes, and her own voice to mimic the calls of many animals. Sue’s research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. Doors open at 6:30. This talk is FREE and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Northern New York Audubon Society.

On Saturday, January 22nd join Susan Morse and Wild Center staff for a full day tracking workshop. The Adirondacks in winter offer a unique opportunity for learning about wildlife through tracking. During the workshop, the following topics are addressed: detection and interpretation of tracks and sign of focal species such as marten, black bear, bobcat, fisher, mink, river otter, coyote, moose as well as birds; conservation biology as it relates to data collection; forest ecology and plant identification as they relate to mammal uses of habitat for food and shelter; ‘search imaging’ – Sue Morse’s technique for predictably looking in the right places and finding sign; and an introduction to science-based field studies. Snowshoes are provided. Pre-registration is required. Register at or call 518-359-7800 for more information. Cost: $45.00. Co-sponsored by Northern New York Audubon Society.

On Sunday, January 23rd at 12:30 pm, author, Adirondack naturalist and conservationist, Peter O’Shea will guide a nature walk on “The Wild” side. This walk is free for members or with paid admission.

On Sunday, January 23rd Family Art and Nature day begins at 1pm. Bring the entire family and explore this week’s theme, Nature Detectives. Become a junior detective and investigate signs of animals in our Adirondack landscape. Track your favorite animals around the museum and make your own nature detective tool kit that you can use to continue the investigation in your own back yard.

As always, there are hikes on free snowshoes, animal encounters, feature films and great food offerings. Wild Winter Weekends are free for members or with paid admission.

The Wild Center is open throughout the winter on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and during the entire week of President’s Day. For additional information on The Wild Center, visit or call (518) 359-7800.

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