Dates: September 25-27, 2021
Time: 9:00am start on 9/25 (plan to arrive on 9/24), 2:00pm end on 9/27
Location: Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255
Ages: This is an adult class but open to ages 14+. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant with a 1:1 ratio. An enrollment form and payment must be received for each person attending, regardless of age.
Physical Limitations: All participants must be capable of hiking up to 6 miles per day over rough, uneven terrain with a 10 lb backpack.
Breakfast Saturday through lunch on Monday is included in the registration fees. *We are only able to accommodate vegetarians/vegan and those with minor food allergies in meal planning. Participants with strict dietary restrictions will need to supplement their food. Please contact us for further questions.
Participants will be responsible for their own park entrance fees which are $5 per person, per day.
Participants must provide their own camping/hiking equipment.
CAPROCK CANYONS WILDLIFE
Looking for an epic adventure in one of the most amazing landscapes in Texas this fall? Not only does Caprock Canyons State Park offer beautiful scenery, but also an incredible amount of wildlife diversity. Join us as we unlock the mysteries and peer into the lives of wildlife through the tracks and sign that they leave behind.
Most mammals are shy, secretive, and/or nocturnal and we don’t get to see them often. Wildlife tracking can provide us with an incredible window into the lives of Texas’ animal species. Through track and sign identification we can actually read the stories that these creatures temporarily etch into the landscape.
This expedition will be led by two of the most skilled and passionate Wildlife Trackers in the state of Texas. They are not only excited at the prospect of having you along, but to teach you how to begin to unravel wildlife tracking mysteries on your own.
The rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park provides the perfect backdrop for this weekend expedition. The class will spend ample time in the field exploring the park canyons and river beds, observing and interpreting the tracks and sign of wildlife including bobcats, gray and red fox, badgers, skunks, ringtails, coyotes, porcupines, rabbits, deer, bison, plus a variety of birds, insects, reptiles and more!
Whether you are a naturalist, hiker, or just someone who appreciates wildlife, this class is for you. This course is open to all skill levels and every student is guaranteed to learn a great deal about the art and science behind wildlife tracking while exploring one of Texas’ coolest state parks.
Topics covered in the course will include:
Wildlife track and sign identification
Mammal and bird foot morphology as an identification tool
Basic animal gait interpretation
Wildlife behavior and local ecology
Utilizing tracking field guides as tools for continuing education