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Workshops at the VIC
Tracking Workshop with Susan Morse
Monday, 4 January 2016
10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Susan Morse: Moose in Wetlands Animal Tracking Workshop

Susan Morse: Canada LynxSusan Morse, a nationally-known naturalist, wildlife biologist and photographer, will lead a workshop on animal tracking at the Paul Smith's College VIC on Monday, 4 January 2016, Ms Morse is the executive director of Keeping Track – a non-profit organization which trains professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills.

The workshop begins at 10:30 AM and will continue through at least 2:00 PM. Eight slots are open to the public. The cost is $25. Please pre-register by 5 PM the day prior.

The public is also invited to join Ms Morse in the evening for a slide show presentation: Animals of the North, What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?

Susan MorseAbout Susan Morse: Coast to coast and from British Columbia to Mexico, Susan Morse is highly regarded as an expert in carnivore tracking and natural history. Founder and current Program Director of Keeping Track, Ms. Morse has more than thirty years of experience tracking and interpreting wildlife habitat use. She has been an active participant in Western Forest Carnivores Committee meetings and is a founding member of the Northeast Carnivore Conservation Working Group. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx. She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, from the general public to wildlife experts. In 2001 Morse received the Franklin Fairbanks Award for her lifelong creative and dedicated service to enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among the residents of New England.

Susan Morse: Tracking WorkshopMs. Morse has authored many articles and is regularly featured in Northern Woodlands. She has also appeared in many other publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Amicus Journal, Forest Magazine, Wild Earth, The Nature Conservancy, Ranger Rick, as well as on NPR’s “Morning Edition”. Morse’s life work and photography is featured in The Woods Scientist by Stephen Swinburne (Houghton Mifflin, 2002).

Fifteen years ago, Morse founded Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills. Keeping Track’s mission is to empower multiple stakeholders to use their knowledge to detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and wildlife habitat in their communities. Data collected by Keeping Track teams has influenced the conservation of over 30,000 acres of habitat in twelve states and Quebec.

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

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The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.