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Wolf ecology and track training courses

All classes listed below meet training requirements for the Wisconsin Carnivore Tracking program. Trackers are required to take both a Wolf Ecology and a Track Training class or workshop to participate in the tracking program. New volunteers can sign up for the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program at a track training course that they attend.

2016-2017 Workshops
Dates Course Location Cost Information
8/12/2016 - 8/14/2016 Weekend with Wolves: Wolf Ecology Workshop Kemp Natural Resources Station [exit DNR], Woodruff $125 - $165 Details
10/22/2016 Wolf ecology & management Wisconsin Concrete Park [exit DNR], Phillips $16 Details
10/22/2016 Wolf ecology Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute [exit DNR], Ashland $25 Details
10/29/2016 Volunteer carnivore track training & refresher class Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute [exit DNR], Ashland $25 Details
11/5/2016 Carnivore tracking class Navarino Nature Center [exit DNR], Shiocton $20 Details
11/6/2016 Wolf ecology & management Navarino Nature Center [exit DNR], Shiocton $20 Details
11/12/2016 Carnivore tracking class Rhinelander DNR Service Center, Rhinelander Free Details
11/13/2016 Wolf ecology & management Rhinelander DNR Service Center, Rhinelander Free Details
12/03/2016 Carnivore tracking class Sandhill Outdoors Skills Center, Babcock Free Details
12/10/2016 Carnivore tracking class Crex Meadows [exit DNR], Grantsburg Free Details
12/11/2016 Wolf ecology & management Crex Meadows [exit DNR], Grantsburg Free Details
01/21/2017 The Wolves Around Us: Wolf Ecology Mead Wildlife Area [exit DNR], Milladore $50 Details
01/28/2017 - 01/29/2017 Wolf ecology workshop Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek $70 Details
02/04/2017 - 02/05/2017 Wolf ecology workshop Sandhill Outdoors Skills Center, Babcock $90 Details
02/11/2017 - 02/12/2017 Wolf ecology workshop Treehaven, Tomahawk $165 Details
02/18/2017 The Wolves Around Us: Wolf Ecology Trees for Tomorrow [exit DNR], Eagle River $50 Details

Partners

The following partners offer courses and workshops on various topics including wolf ecology and track training. Please contact them for information or to register for their courses.

Course descriptions and details

All classes listed below meet training requirements for the Wisconsin Carnivore Tracking program. Trackers are required to take both a Wolf Ecology and a Track Training class or workshop to participate in the tracking program.

Weekend with Wolves: Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: August 12 to August 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm Friday to 1:00 pm Sunday
Location: Kemp Natural Resources Station [exit DNR], 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI 54568
Price: $165 residential/$125 commuter (meals included, no lodging)

Description: Join Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) Coordinator Adrian Wydeven for a weekend with wolves. Learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring techniques and the latest wolf issues from biologists and educators immersed in this field. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field surveying wolf pack territories. Participants will assist with wolf howling surveys and learn techniques in wolf tracking and radio telemetry. This workshop meets the ecology qualifications for both DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau.

The workshop is open to any student or adult interested in wolves and experiencing them in the wild. Workshop fees include meals, bunkhouse accommodations and all workshop materials. Preregistration is required. The Timber Wolf Alliance is a program of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. TWA promotes education about wolves and use of sound science for wolf conservation.

Information:
Timber Wolf Alliance [exit DNR], 715-682-1489

Registration information [exit DNR]

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Wolf ecology & management

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Wisconsin Concrete Park [exit DNR], N8236 South Hwy 13, Phillips, WI
Price: $16, includes lunch

Description: During Wolf Awareness Week learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology, and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Assistant Carnivore Biologist Jane Wiedenhoeft. This class meets the wolf ecology class requirement for participating in the DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracking program. Come prepared to spend some time outside.

Information:
Jane Wiedenhoeft, 715-762-1362

Registration information:
Sharyn Friedell, 715-339-7282

Please register by October 15, 2016

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Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment, Room 169, Northland College [exit DNR], 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, WI
Price: $25, includes lunch

Description: This class, led by Adrian Wydeven and Sarah Boles, covers the basics of wolf ecology and management, including natural history, identification, monitoring techniques, wolf-human conflicts, predator-prey ecology and wolf management.

Information:
TWA, 715-682-1489

Registration information [exit DNR]

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Volunteer Carnivore Track Training & Refresher Class

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment, Room 169, Northland College [exit DNR], 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, WI
Price: $25, includes lunch

Description: This class, led by Adrian Wydeven and Sarah Boles, teaches the basics of tracking medium to large size carnivores in Wisconsin, including track identification, gait patterns and conducting snow track survey.

Information:
TWA, 715-682-1489

Registration information [exit DNR]

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Carnivore Tracking Class

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Navarino Nature Center [exit DNR], W5646 Lindsten Road, Shiocton, WI
Price: $20

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Be prepared to go outside if we have snow. Bring a sack lunch.

Information and registration:
Navarino Nature Center, 715-758-6999

Please register by October 29, 2016

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Wolf Ecology & Management

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Navarino Nature Center [exit DNR], W5646 Lindsten Road, Shiocton, WI
Price: $20

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside. Bring a sack lunch.

Information and registration:
Navarino Nature Center, 715-758-6999

Please register by October 30, 2016

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Carnivore Tracking Class

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI
Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Bring a sack lunch.

Information and registration:
Nate Libal, 715-401-1764

Please register by November 5, 2016

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Wolf Ecology & Management

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Rhinelander DNR Office, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI
Price: Free

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside. Bring a sack lunch.

Information and registration:
Nate Libal, 715-401-1764

Please register by November 6, 2016

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Carnivore Tracking Class

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, WI
Price: Free

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Bring a sack lunch.

Information and registration:
Jane Wiedenhoeft, 715-762-1362

Please register by November 26, 2016

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Carnivore Tracking Class

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area [exit DNR], 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840
Price: Free, includes lunch

Description: Learn to identify tracks of medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common Wisconsin mammals. Learn how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. This class includes an in-field short survey. Come prepared to spend some time outdoors.

Information and registration:
Kristi Pupak, 715-463-2897

Please register by December 3, 2016

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Wolf Ecology & Management

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area [exit DNR], 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840
Price: Free, includes lunch

Description: Learn about the history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf biology and ecology and how wolves are monitored and managed in Wisconsin with DNR Biologists. Come prepared to spend some time outside.

Information and registration:
Kristi Pupak, 715-463-2897

Please register by December 4, 2016

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The Wolves Around Us (Wolf Ecology)

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Mead State Wildlife Area, S2148 County Hwy S, Milladore, WI
Price: $50, includes lunch

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring and management and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information:
Timber Wolf Information Network

Registration:
Mail check payable to TWIN, along with contact information to:
TWIN, PO Box 192, Plover, WI 54467

Please register by January 14, 2017

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Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Saturday, January 28 - Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am Saturday to 12:00 pm Sunday
Location: Beaver Creek Reserve [exit DNR], S1 County Hwy K, Fall Creek, WI
Price: $70 (or $65 for BCR members), lodging available for an additional fee ($13/person/night). Call 715-877-2212 for lodging information. Bring-your-own Saturday lunch and drink.

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring and management and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information and registration:
Visit the Beaver Creek Reserve website [exit DNR] or call 715-877-2212

Registration deadline: TBD

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Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 12:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, WI
Price: $90 includes workshop and field trip, Saturday supper, Sunday breakfast and Saturday lodging. Friday night lodging available for an additional fee ($20/person). Bring-your-own Saturday lunch and beverage.

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring and management and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information:
Timber Wolf Information Network

Registration:
Mail check payable to TWIN, along with contact information to:
TWIN, PO Box 192, Plover, WI 54467

Please register by January 30, 2017

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Wolf Ecology Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 11 to Sunday, February 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 12:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Treehaven [exit DNR], W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk, WI 54487
Price options:

  • Full Package: $165/person. Includes Saturday lunch and supper, Sunday breakfast and lunch, Saturday lodging. Friday lodging available at additional cost.
  • Commuter Package: $115/person. Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday.

Description: This workshop will cover wolf ecology, history, monitoring and management and includes a field trip in wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information and registration:
Treehaven, 715-453-4106

Please register by February 3, 2017

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The Wolves Around Us (Wolf Ecology)

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Location: Trees for Tomorrow [exit DNR], 519 Sheridan Street E, Eagle River, WI
Price: $50, includes lunch

Description: This class will cover wolf ecology, predator – prey dynamics, wolf management and will include a field trip into wolf country. Bring clothing for outdoors.

Information:
Timber Wolf Information Network

Registration:
Mail check payable to TWIN, along with contact information to:
TWIN, PO Box 192, Plover, WI 54467

Please register by February 10, 2017

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Last revised: Monday August 29 2016