JAMESTOWN — The Audubon Nature Center will offer an animal tracking virtual class Tuesday, February 16, from 5 to 6 p.m., as part of its Virtual Cabin Fever series, designed to share an appreciation of the natural world, inspire people to get outside, or teach a skill to use in outdoor adventures.
Nature surrounds everyone, but sometimes when people go outside, it seems as if the animals elude people, a spokesperson said.
“By paying attention to the signs that creatures leave behind, you can better understand what is happening in the animal world, even if you don’t see the animals themselves.”
Tracking can serve a clear, practical purpose, such as hunters tracking game or wildlife biologists using animal signs to determine the presence of a certain species. Tracking not only teaches the identity of the animal, but where they bed down at night, but it can also make someone a keener observer. The focus and attention to detail developed in tracking can lead to a deeper connection to nature.
The program will go beyond the track shape and discuss the use of track size, pattern, and habitat to identify a creature. You will learn some tracks of common animals in the region.
Participants may want to have a ruler or tape measure available for reference.
Participation is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 9 to 15. Paid reservations are required by Monday, February 15.
To register, go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.” A Zoom link will be included in your receipt.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.
Photo caption: On Tuesday, February 16, you can learn to identify animal tracks and patterns at the Animal Tracking virtual class, part of Audubon Community Nature Center’s Virtual Cabin Fever Series. You would be able to identify the tracks in the picture as those of three River Otters, bounding and sliding across the pond.