Ever wanted to be able to ‘think like an animal?’ Well, the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana is hosting a two day class called Winter Animal Tracking. Taught by Melanie Parker and Adam Lieberg, participants will examine animal tracks in the wild, learning to identify mammals by their tracks, gait patterns, and habitat selection behaviors. The class takes place inside the lovely natural landscape of Swan Valley, just North of Missoula.
Schedule for Animal Tracking Class:
Saturday and Sunday mornings will be spent in short lectures viewing slides and learning how to identify many different track types. The afternoons are the fun part: outdoors on snowshoes, enjoying the pristine landscape while identifying, sketching, and documenting animal signs. The Swan Valley is a wild and undeveloped area, but have no fear: the instructors are quite experienced. Participants can expect to encounter a wide variety of tracks; everything from voles and squirrels to mountain lions and even wolves.
Participants will snowshoe no further than three miles per day. But, you do need to provide your own snowshoes – you can rent these at several places in town. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Candi Merrill via email at Candi.Merrill@mso.umt.edu, or at 406.243.6431
Snowshoeing Trips Deserve a Stay in at the Bed ‘n’ Breakfast!
After all that learning and snowshoeing in Swan Valley, you don’t want to come back to a cold and impersonal hotel room. Come stay with us at our Missoula bed and breakfast, where it will feel like home! We’ve got heated tile floors in the bathrooms, jetted tubs for two and comfortable recliners. Plus, we will make you a filling, delicious breakfast in the morning before you head out for your adventure. Look forward to seeing you in Missoula soon,whatever your adventure may be!