Winter Tracking Series

For the third 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 4,11,18 and 25.

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 maybe 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 snowshoes may also be necessary. Each week we will meet at the bridge on the MacBeth Road by Craig’s Way at 12:50 pm.

Directions: You will travel through the village of Scotsburn, 6km past Scotsburn you will see a sign for Elmfield, turn left. You will travel about 2 km down Elmfield Road. The first dirt road on the right is MacBeth Road. Travel up Macbeth until you come to the bridge, you can park just before the bridge.

Donations are welcome.

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