Wildlife & Fisheries Biology: Winter Tracking Specialty

WFB 185 WC2 (CRN: 12269)

2 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: FOR 185 WC2

About WFB 185 WC2


Times/Dates:Winter Session 12/26/13-1/10/14 -9 am-12 pm; Break 12-1; 1- 5 pm on 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9; (4 days); Location: Jericho Research Forest; students must provide their own transportation; Winter Hiking; Fee: $15 site fee will be assessed upon registration; Cross listed with FOR 185 WC2; Open to both CE and degree students; Class alternates between outdoor and indoor sessions.

Section Description

[NOTE: There is NO online portion from Dec 26-30 as mentioned incorrectly in BANNER.] This course counts toward Spring semester credit and tuition and is about walking in the footsteps of the fisher and red fox over the span of 4 days in UVM's Jericho Research Forest. Learning to find, age, and interpret tracks, gait patterns, and trails in snow will be demonstrated, discussed, and practiced, but are secondary to overall goal of experiencing survival in the winter wilderness from the animal's perspective. Excursions outdoors will be mixed with warm classroom discussions and a trip to Jericho's Snowflake Bentley Museum to understand the dynamics of snowflakes and how to age tracks with precision in winter.

Section Expectation

There are no prerequisites for this course and it does not assume nor require that the student have any background, experience, or education in tracking. Students are simply asked to exhibit an open mind, positive attitude, thirst for knowledge, and respect for others Students must attend all 4 days and are responsible for their transportation to the Jericho Research Forest (address is 127 Tarbox Road, Jericho, VT 05465). Must dress for the weather and bring a lunch. Morning and afternoon hikes for 2-3 hours each day over varied terrain covering 1-2 miles.


20% Attendance and participation 20% Daily journal assignments (5% each) 20% Daily Homework (5% each) 20% Class Blog/Discussion Board 20% Final Reflections


Course runs from to



Jericho Research Forest (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday