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Tracking Wildlife In A Modern Wilderness

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A tracking class examines signs of passing wildlife in Hopland.

Oct 17, 2018 -- Meghan Walla-Murphy, a conservationist and wildlife expert, says that tracking wildlife is a form of storytelling.  At a recent tracking workshop at the Hopland Research and Extension Center, she taught students how to spot disruptions in the normal patterns of an animal's gait, the chirping of birds, and even the shades of green in a forest. This, says Walla-Murphy, is how to develop pattern literacy, which is what it takes to read the wilderness.

We'll go along with the class as they figure out who's been poking holes in the dust, what telephone poles are for, and who's been eating what -- and whom.

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