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Wolf ecology and track training courses

All classes listed below meet training requirements for the Wisconsin Carnivore Tracking program. Trackers are required to take both a Wolf Ecology and a Track Training class or workshop to participate in the tracking program. Returning trackers are encouraged to take a refresher Track Training class every 2-3 years to keep their identification skills sharp. New volunteers can sign up for the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program at a track training course that they attend.

Carnivore tracking class

2019-2020 Workshops
Dates Course Location Cost
8/16/2019 Wolf Ecology Workshop Forest Lodge 22230 Garmisch Rd,
Cable, WI 54821 [exit DNR]
$195 residential / $175 Commuter – Meals included

Register by Aug. 2, 2019
10/26/2019 Wolf Ecology Workshop Northland College - 1411 Ellis Ave S,
Ashland, WI 54806 Larson-Juhl Center for Science; Room 169 [exit DNR]
$30 – Lunch provided

Register by Oct. 25, 2019
11/2/2019 Carnivore Tracking Training Northland College - 1411 Ellis Ave S,
Ashland, WI 54806 Larson-Juhl Center for Science; Room 169 [exit DNR]
$35 – Lunch Provided

Register by Oct. 26, 2019
11/9/2019 Carnivore Tracking Training Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Ave, Room 1,
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Free – BYO Lunch

Register by Nov. 1, 2019
11/10/2019 Wolf Ecology Workshop Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Ave, Room 1,
Rhinelander, WI 5450
Free – BYO Lunch

Register by Nov. 1, 2019
11/16/2019 Carnivore Tracking Training Peshtigo DNR office, 101 N Ogden Rd Suite A,
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Free – BYO Lunch

Register by Nov. 8, 2019
11/17/2019 Wolf Ecology Workshop Peshtigo DNR office, 101 N Ogden Rd Suite A,
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Free – BYO Lunch

Register by Nov. 8, 2019
12/7/2019 Carnivore Tracking Training Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area [exit DNR], 102 East Crex Avenue,
Grantsburg, WI 54840
Free – Lunch Provided

Register with Lauren Finch by Dec. 2, 2019
12/8/2019 Wolf Ecology Workshop Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area [exit DNR], 102 East Crex Avenue,
Grantsburg, WI 54840
Free – Lunch Provided

Register with Lauren Finch by Dec. 2, 2019
12/14/2019 Carnivore Tracking Training Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center [exit DNR], 1715 County Hwy X,
Babcock, WI 54413
Free – BYO Lunch

Register by Dec. 6, 2019
1/11/2020 – 1/12/2020 Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop Treehaven [exit DNR],
W2540 Pickerel Creek Ave
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Fee: $75 for commuters/$130 for overnighters

Register by Jan. 4, 2020
1/25/2020 – 1/26/2020 Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop Beaver Creek Reserve [exit DNR],
S1 County Hwy K
Fall Creek, WI 54742
Fee: $70

Lodging: $13/person/night

Register by Jan. 18, 2020
2/1/2020 – 2/2/2020 Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center [exit DNR], 1715 County Hwy X,
Babcock, WI 54413
Fee: $90

Register by Jan. 27, 2020

Partners

The following partners offer courses and workshops on various topics including wolf ecology and track training. Please contact them for information or to register for their courses.

Course descriptions and details

All classes listed below meet training requirements for the Wisconsin Carnivore Tracking program. Trackers are required to take both a Wolf Ecology and a Track Training class or workshop to participate in the tracking program.

Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 – Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. Friday – 2 p.m. Sunday; 2 nights
Location: Forest Lodge 22230 Garmisch Rd, Cable, WI 54821

Price: $195 residential / $175 commuter – Meals Provided

Description: Join Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Jordyn O’Gara for this wolf ecology volunteer certification course. Learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring techniques, and the latest wolf issues from biologists and educators immersed in this field. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field surveying wolf pack territories. Participants will assist with wolf howling surveys and learn techniques in wolf tracking and radio telemetry.

This workshop meets the ecology qualifications for both DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau. The workshop is open to any student or adult interested in wolves and experiencing them in the wild. Workshop fees include meals, bunkhouse accommodations, and all workshop materials.

The program takes place at Forest Lodge, a unique and historic estate nestled among 872 acres of majestic forest in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and situated along the pristine shores of Lake Namekagon. The old-growth forest and serene water is sure to awaken your senses and rejuvenate you.

Information & Registration: Register online [exit DNR] by Aug. 2, 2019.
Jordyn O’Gara – 651-280-8979

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Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Northland College - 1411 Ellis Ave S, Ashland, WI 54806 Larson-Juhl Center for Science; Room 169

Price: $30 – Lunch Provided

Description: This workshop, instructed by Northland College Professor Dr. Erik Olson, Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Sarah Boles covers the basics of wolf ecology and management, including natural history, identification, monitoring techniques, wolf-human conflicts, predator-prey ecology, and wolf management. This workshop completes the first of two trainings for the DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau.

Information & Registration: Register Online [exit DNR] by Oct. 25, 2019.
Jordyn O’Gara – 651-280-8979

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Carnivore Tracking Training & Refresher

Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Northland College - 1411 Ellis Ave S, Ashland, WI 54806 Larson-Juhl Center for Science; Room 169

Price: $35 – Lunch Provided

Description: Instructed by Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Sarah Boles, teaches the basics of tracking medium-to-large-sized carnivores in Wisconsin, including track identification, gait patterns, and conducting snow track survey. Participants will be provided with a tracker’s notebook. This workshop completes the second training for the DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau.

Information and Registration: Register Online [exit DNR] by Nov. 26, 2019.
Jordyn O’Gara – 651-280-8979

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Carnivore Tracking Class

Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Ave, Room 1, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Bring a sack lunch.

Information & Registration:
Shannon McNamara, 715-401-9073
Please register by Nov. 1, 2019

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Wolf Ecology and Management

Date: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Ave, Room 1, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Price: Free

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology, and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside. Bring a sack lunch.

Information & Registration:
Shannon McNamara, 715-401-9073
Please register online by Nov. 1, 2019

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Carnivore Tracking Training

Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Peshtigo DNR office, 101 N Ogden Rd Suite A, Peshtigo, WI 54157

Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Bring a sack lunch.

Information & Registration:
Shannon McNamara, 715-401-9073
Please register online by Nov. 8, 2019

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Wolf Ecology and Management

Date: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Peshtigo DNR office, 101 N Ogden Rd Suite A, Peshtigo, WI 54157

Price: Free

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology, and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside. Bring a sack lunch.

Information & Registration:
Shannon McNamara, 715-401-9073
Please register online by Nov. 8, 2019

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Carnivore Tracking Training

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840

Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Lunch provided.

Information & Registration:
Lauren Finch, 715-463-2739
Please register by Dec. 2, 2019

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Wolf Ecology and Management

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840

Price: Free

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology, and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside. Lunch provided.

Information & Registration:
Lauren Finch, 715-463-2739
Please register by Nov. 30, 2019

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Carnivore Tracking Training

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, WI 54413

Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Lunch provided.

Information & Registration:
Shannon McNamara, 715-401-9073
Please register online" by Dec. 6, 2019

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Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Jan. 11 and 12, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. Saturday – 12 p.m. Sunday
Location: Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Ave Tomahawk, WI 54487

Price: $75 for commuters/$130 for overnighters

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information & Registration: TWIN
Treehaven, 715-453-4106
Please register by Jan. 4, 2020

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Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Jan. 25 and 26, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. Saturday – 12 p.m. Sunday
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 County Hwy K, Fall Creek, WI 54742

Price: $70 ($65 for BCR members)
Lodging: $13 per person, per night

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information & Registration: TWIN
Beaver Creek Reserve or call 715-877-2212
Please register by Jan. 18, 2020

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Winter Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Feb. 1 and 2, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. Saturday – 12 p.m. Sunday
Location: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, WI 54413

Price: $90 (includes TWIN lectures and field trip, Saturday supper, Sunday Breakfast, 4-person-room Saturday dorm lodging) Friday lodging $20 additional per person.

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring, and management, and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information & Registration: TWIN
Please register online by Jan. 27, 2020

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