The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

mountain lion tracks Jill cooper

Become a nature detective! Wildlife trackers piece together clues left behind in the environment to gain a richer picture of the variety of animals using a habitat and read the story of their behavior. We’ll evaluate tracks and signs to determine who’s been there and what they’ve been doing. This class will be taught by SDAS Education Associate/Volunteer Manager, Jill Cooper. Jill is a trained biologist who has been tracking wildlife for more than ten years. The course will include an evening in-class session, paired with a morning field day practicing our skills out on the trail at Border Field State Park. At the workshop, you’ll become familiar with common local wildlife species, learn basic track and sign identification, avoid the pitfalls of perception, learn how to distinguish between mountain lion and domestic dog tracks (which are confused more often than not), and more. 

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Workshop dates and locations: 
  • Friday, October 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Lincoln Acres County Park (2717 Granger Avenue, National City 91950)
  • Saturday, October 14 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am at Border Field State Park (1500 Monument Rd, San Diego 92154)
  • $60 for students and limited income
  • $85 for Friends members
  • $105 for general public

Event Details

Event Start Oct 14, 2017 8:00 am
Event End Oct 14, 2017 11:00 am
Individual Price Free

Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.