April 25, 2013

Cybertracker Evaluations

During the week of April 17th, Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program students took their 2 day Cybertracker Track & Sign Evaluations.  Students spent several months studying and preparing for these rigorous evaluations.

Small groups of students took their evaluations on different days, pictured here are some of the highlights from various days. 

The evaluator was the inspiring teacher and experienced tracker Casey Macfarland.

Students listen intently as Casey explains the answer to one of the questions.

Student, Yusef closely inspects the bounding tracks of an eastern cottontail.  Some questions on the evaluation are of relatively clear tracks like this, but many were obscure or otherwise very challenging.

One of the track makers seen during the evaluation.  Its called a giant stonefly or salmonfly.

The scat of a coyote, containing the fur and claws of an aplodontia.  Identifying the scat was one question, and identifying the aplodontia claws was a bonus question on the evaluation.

The happy faces of students after an intense, 2 day tracking evaluation. The evaluations are done entirely in the field, and are based on the knowledge of what is found there.  

We are very proud of how well our students did.  Congratulations to all of them for the effort and success!!

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