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Mammal Tracking in the East Mojave

Mammal Tracking in the East Mojave

Course Number: BIOL X410.1

1.5 units

Using habitat in the East Mojave Desert, home to home to gray and kit foxes, coyotes, bobcats, badgers, ringtails, bighorn sheep, cottontails, jackrabbits and many rodent species, you will be introduced methods to identify, interpret and follow mammal tracks via lecture, photos, plaster casts, videos and hours of practice in the field. You will cover:

  • clear print identification
  • gaits and track patterns
  • interpreting tracks for motion, mood and personality
  • relating tracks and signs to behavior and biology
    • You will also learn a mental approach to tracking that allows greater perception, more vivid visualization and less human impact.

Available Sections

Starting Oct 26

182CPD201

Starting Oct 26
182CPD201

Course Fees

$355

Instructor

James Lowery [ bio ]

close [x] James C. Lowery, M.A., Owner, Earth Skills, Frasier Park, founded the private school, Earth Skills, where he has taught hundreds of courses on animal tracking, nature awareness, wilderness survival, plant uses and primitive skills. He is the author of The Tracker's Field Guide, now in its second edition, and has written several monographs. Mr. Lowery also served as an expert consultant for two mammal research studies at Edwards Air Force Base and conducts annual training for the California State Parks.

Schedule:

Fri 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Oct 26, 2018

Fri. 6:30-9:30 pm, Oct. 26, Sat. 7:30 am-8:30 pm, Oct. 27, Sun. 8 am -12 pm, Oct. 28. Refund deadline Oct. 19.

1 Meeting

Location:

Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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Section Notes:

$355 Credit/ $275 each for non-credit  (Refund deadline: Oct. 20).  This field study is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University) located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about a three-hour drive from Riverside. The course fee includes two nights' lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Upon enrollment, you will be sent detailed information about the Center and what to bring. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are desirable but not required. Visitors not permitted.

Textbook:

Optional
"The Tracker's Field Guide: A Comprehensive Handbook for Animal Tracking in the United States"
James Lowery
ISBN: 978-0762739813

Prerequisites

No Prerequisites for this course

Available Sections

Riverside

Section No.: 182CPD201

Dates: Oct 26, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Instructor: James Lowery

Textbook: Optional
"The Tracker's Field Guide: A Comprehensive Handbook for Animal Tracking in the United States"
James Lowery
ISBN: 978-0762739813

Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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