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All About Ojai: Wildlife Tracking

By on January 9, 2019 in All About Ojai, Around Our Valley, Events

All About Ojai: Environmental Learning Series

Introductory Wildlife Tracking: Basics and Beyond of Animal Track & Sign Identification

Saturday, March 16

9 am–11 pm

Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve

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Join the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy on Saturday, March 16 for a fun and informative morning out on the Ventura River Preserve. This is a hands-on, interactive “Dirt Time” program with the Ventura County Wildlife Trackers. Learn the basics of animal track and sign identification, such as distinguishing between cat and dog tracks, and identifying the common local animal tracks. We will likely encounter dog, coyote, ground squirrel, woodrat, toad, raccoon, striped skunk, opossum, mule deer, and bobcat tracks. With a number of instructors on hand, this program is suitable for all age and experience levels.

The Ventura County Wildlife Trackers (VCWT) was started in 2011 by a dedicated group of people interested in wildlife tracking. Initially, a grassroots effort aimed at training local enthusiasts in collecting wildlife track and sign data in the greater Ventura County region, the VCWT has grown into a recognized citizen science club. With a mission to monitor biological diversity while promoting public appreciation for our region’s unique natural areas, VCWT provides a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to engage with wildlife tracking. In addition to quarterly track and sign surveys assessing wildlife presence in local natural areas, the team provides monthly informal tracking gatherings, or “dirt times,” classes several times a year and biennial Cybertracker Evaluations.

Children are welcome. Reservations are requested.  For more information contact Emmie Pinedo at (805) 649-6852 x7 or

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