Winter Tracking Series

For the forth year in a row, Friends of Redtail Society will be hosting a winter tracking series on Sundays in the month of February. The event starts at 1 pm on February 3,10,17 and 24.

Participants are invited to see animals through the eyes of the track. Winter is an excellent time to study nature’s signatures. Each afternoon fauna living on and around Friends of Redtail land, near Scotsburn, Pictou County will be tracked. Evidence of Deer, Coyote, Fisher and Snowshoe Hare may be seen .

Friends of Redtail Society Board Member, Billy MacDonald will lead the tracking series with help from board member Joella Arsenault. MacDonald is an experienced tracker who has spent much of his life in the woods attuned to observing nature and animal signs. In the mid ‘80s he studied tracking with internationally renowned, Tom Brown Jr., and in 1991 he founded Redtail Nature Awareness Camp near Scotsburn, offering wilderness experiences for children, youth and adults. Arsenault is a nature photographer and has helped MacDonald with programs for the past decade.

“The track is the animal’s signature,” says MacDonald. “The track is a doorway to a world that for the most part remains invisible in modern society, the world of wildlife not under human control. Tracking expands our experience of the larger environment and activates an ancient past.”

Please dress for the conditions, proper footwear is essential and depending on snow conditions, snowshoes maybe needed.

Each week we will meet on MacBeth Road by the Red Sign at 12:50 pm. Depending on weather conditions each event will run approx. 1 to 1.5 hrs.

Directions: 6km past Scotsburn you will see a sign for Elmfield, turn left. Travel about 2 km down Elmfield Road. The first dirt road on the right is MacBeth Road. Travel up Macbeth for about 1km and on the left you will see the red FRS sign.

Donations are welcome.


Friends of Redtail Society is a western Pictou County, Nova Scotia, grassroots organization formed in 2007 to purchase 313 acres slated for an industrial clearcut. The Society is now the guardian and student of the integrity and resilience of this land, relating to it not as a commodity but as a community to which we belong and which we share with the other beings present.

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