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Wildlife & Fisheries Biology: Intro to Wildlife Tracking

WFB 013 Z1 (CRN: 61604)

1 Credit Hour

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About WFB 013 Z1

This outdoor course is designed to introduce the student to wildlife track identification and analysis at the UVM Jericho Research Forest. Cross-listed with: FOR 013.

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Dates: May 27 & June 3, 2017; Course meets two consecutive Saturday's at the Jericho Research Forest 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on May 27 & June 3. No prior experience required; CERF-$15.00 class materials and site use fee (assessed upon registration); Students provide own transportation to UVM Jericho Research Forest; Class alternates between outdoor tracking and classroom discussions; Easy hiking over short distances; Open to both CDE and Degree students

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Section Description

This is a fun outdoor course that enhances your relationship with Nature in a profound way regardless of your academic background or prior tracking experience (no experience is required). There is immediate application of classroom knowledge in an amazing wilderness setting only 20 minutes from campus. The objective is to launch the student upon a lifelong journey of reading the stories that are written in the earth with each passing day. Successive aspects of track and soil mechanics are introduced and reinforced by tracking the wildlife of the UVM Jericho Research Forest including moose, deer, bear, bobcat, coyote, red and gray fox, fisher, weasel, turkey, birds of prey and more. Students develop an enhanced awareness of the presence of these animals and often learn as much about themselves and the landscape as the creatures they are tracking. Goals: 1. Open the huge novel that is left every time a foot hits the ground: the disturbances to the natural baseline, the source of the disturbances, and the creature’s interaction with the earth. 2. Application and synthesis of information from the natural sciences, life sciences, and the humanities. 3. Kindle a more intimate relationship with the earth and deeper connection to the global community.

Section Expectation

There are no prerequisites for this course and it does not assume nor require that the student have any background, experience, or education in tracking. Participants are simply asked to exhibit an open, inquisitive mind, positive attitude, thirst for knowledge, and respect for others. Everyone has the potential to become an outstanding tracker! :) Preparation and Participation – One to two hour outdoor excursions from the onsite classroom for examination of tracks on moderate hiking terrain in seasonable weather conditions in the hills of the research forest. Students are expected to dress for the weather. No special 'gear' is needed. Students are responsible for their transportation to the UVM Jericho Research Forest (address is 127 Tarbox Road, Jericho, VT 05465). Ride sharing is encouraged where possible using the class online discussion board.

Evaluation

Submission of pre- and post-course journal reflections based upon course content and experiences tracking in the forest.

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Jericho Research Forest (View Campus Map)

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Jericho Research Forest (View Campus Map)

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