Wildlife Field Techniques

June 2-5, 2022
Methow Valley, WA

**Registration for this course is now closed**

Research findings are only as powerful as the data used to reach them. In wildlife research, field data comes in many complex forms, requiring a robust set of skills and knowledge to collect. Field technicians are the frontline of data collection and must possess the ability to properly gather and decipher information from observations made in the field. This course will introduce participants to common field techniques used in mammalian wildlife research, including:

  • Accurately collecting and recording data

  • Deploying remote cameras

  • Using radio (VHF) telemetry

  • Interpreting wildlife track and sign

  • Performing wildlife field necropsies

  • Collecting biological samples

  • Investigating mortality sites

The Wildlife Field Techniques course is intended for participants with little to no field experience, but is also beneficial for those wishing to refresh or build upon their existing skills. The lessons in this course can be applied to a wide range of outdoor and natural resource professions. Adults (18+) of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.


Location and amenities
All course activities will take place outdoors at Skalitude Retreat and Education Center, nestled deep in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest just outside of the Methow Valley, WA. Camping accommodations are included in the registration fee and provide a camp kitchen, access to bathroom and shower facilities, and opportunities to explore acres of public land surrounding the retreat center. Participants are encouraged to camp with the group and should supply their own tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and other personal comfort items. Meals will not be provided.
Home Range will loan camping equipment on a limited basis to students in need. Contact info@homerange.org to make arrangements.

June in the North Cascades is a beautiful time of year with mild temperatures and an abundance of wildflowers. However, precipitation is common during this time and participants should arrive prepared for all weather conditions. A recommended gear list will be provided prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation Policy
We will refund the full course fee for cancellations made prior to 30 days before course start. Cancellations less than 30 days before course start are subject to 50% fee.