July's Wildlife Tracking Club theme is Gaits and Trail Patterns, or what the tracks an animal leaves can tell us about how they moved through the landscape.
Join us as we explore along the Sandy River for signs of wildlife. The floodplain at Oxbow Park hosts a diversity of wildlife. Some of the tracks and signs we've encountered there have been left by mountain lion, coyote, bear, deer, toad(!), mink, beaver, otter, and more! You never know who you might find.
No matter the month, tracking club is open to everyone, whether you're an experienced tracker, completely new, or somewhere in between. Led by two Cascadia Wild Tracking Leaders, this is an informal gathering where you can practice your tracking skills and learn from each other. It is a space for people to get together, learn and share knowledge, encourage each other along our journey, and have fun.
Not only is tracking a skill you can enjoy no matter your experience level, this is also an activity that is great for many levels of physical ability. Much of the time is spent at a casual pace as we look for tracks and sign, or spent huddled over something interesting! The terrain at Oxbow is relatively flat and is a mix of sand and grass floodplain, with a few (usually dry) channels to walk across. The shore of the river is sloped and has some river rocks in the wet sand or mud. There is a bathroom facility at the meeting area. Wear sturdy shoes if you need them and always dress for the weather.
Tracking Club meets the last Sunday of every month from 9am-12pm.
Meet at the Oxbow Park Floodplain, the first parking lot on the left after you enter the park.
Cost is FREE, but there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.