Workshop and Certification Course

Workshop - Wildlife Tracking Fundamentals

Thursday April 30, 2020
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Whistler BC

Course - One Day Wildlife Track and Sign Certification

Friday May 30, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Whistler BC


Click here to register for one or both events

Early registration discount for APB members and group rate at Nita Lake Lodge end March 28, 2020!

Wildlife Tracking Fundamentals Workshop Overview

In this daylong workshop, participates train in the fundamental field skills needed to reliably and consistently identify and interpret wildlife tracks and other signs. The class covers mammal foot morphology, animal locomotion and track pattern identification and interpretation, and methods for interpreting non-track animal sign. The day will include a classroom introduction followed by field time for exploring content experientially. For those who sign up for both days, content covered in this class will be complimented by field time the following day to practice skills, receive feedback, and explore a variety of tracks and sign of wildlife local to the region.

One Day Track and Sign Certification Course Overview
The Track and Sign Certification is an internationally applied, professional-level certification used to promote wildlife tracking and knowledge. The Tracker Certifications emphasize practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills. No prior training is required to participate. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure, fresh or old. After participants give their answers for a set of questions, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to internalize field marks, wildlife behavior, and natural history.
One-day Track and Sign evaluations are an introduction to the Cybertracker Certification process. It is an excellent springboard to practice and apply fundamental tracking skills. A Track and Sign Level I certificate can be earned by those who qualify. More information on Certification Levels can be found at
Who Should Attend

Everyone welcome.

What You Should Bring

Clothing and footwear that is appropriate for early spring weather in the mountains. Most of our instructional time will be spent outdoors.


Registration Includes
  • Bag lunch and transportation to field sites (both events)
  • Certification testing (Track and Sign Certification course only)



David Moskowitz

David Moskowitz works in the fields of photography, wildlife biology and education. He is the photographer and author of three books: Caribou RainforestWildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education from Prescott College. David is certified as a Track and Sign Specialist, Trailing Specialist, and Senior Tracker through Cybertracker Conservation and is an Evaluator for this rigorous international professional certification program.


Register Today

The APB is pleased to host this workshop and certification course in conjunction with our 2020 Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM in beautiful Whistler April 28-29 2020.   Visit our Conference Webpage for more information on the full event or download the 2020 APB Conference Program (includes workshop and course registration fee information).

Everyone welcome! You may register for one or more conference program items even if you're not an APB member or not attending the full conference. 

Click here to register for the Wildlife Tracking Fundamentals Workshop and/or Track and Sign Certification Course

Early registration discount for APB members and group rate at Nita Lake Lodge end March 28, 2020! APB members can save up to $125 on registration + discounts for student and retired members. Become an APB member prior to registering to receive the member rates.

Registration closes April 22.