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Tracker Certification Evaluators

Guest Speakers: Certified Tracking Professionals

Tracker Certification Evaluators

 
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Brian McConnell

External Trailing Evaluator, Tracker Certification

Brian McConnell became a Senior Tracker in 2008 and has been an evaluator for Cybertracker specializing in trailing since 2009. Brian contributed stories for Practical Tracking and photos for Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a member of the Washington state Master Hunter program, and a passionate naturalist. Brian enjoys mentoring new hunters and watching people working their first bear trail. He currently conducts trailing evaluations, trainings and workshops around his home in Washington state and throughout North America.

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Casey McFarland

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Casey McFarland is a Senior Tracker and CyberTracker Evaluator working internationally to train and certify biologists, research teams, eco-tourism guides and the general public.  Casey runs Track & Sign and Trailing Evaluations, as well as a variety of backcountry expeditions and wildlife courses. In 11 years as an Evaluator, Casey has run over 140 Evaluations and given trainings in 8 countries, and as an External Evaluator he oversees Track & Sign Specialist Evaluations. He was integral to the establishment CyberTracker Europe, and currently sits as President of CyberTracker North America.

He is co-author of the new Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests  and Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species and a contributing author to Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species (2nd Ed).

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David Moskowitz

Photographer  Wildlife Biologist

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David Moskowitz works in the fields of photography, wildlife biology and education. He is the photographer and author of three books: Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally and in the Canadian and U.S. Rocky mountains, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Cascades and other Northwest wildlands.

Visual media of David's has appeared in numerous outlets including the New York Times, NBC, Sierra, The National Post, Outside Magazine, Science Magazine, Natural History Magazine, and High Country News. It has also been used for conservation campaigns by organizations including National Wildlife Foundation, the Endangered Species Coalition, Wildlands Network, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Conservation Northwest, Oregon Wild, Wildsight, Selkirks Conservation Alliance, and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

 

David is a Senior Tracker, Track and Sign Evaluator, and Trailing Evaluator for Cybertracker Conservation.

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Dr. Kersey Lawrence

Owner, Original Wisdom & Tracker Mentoring

Kersey Lawrence is the first woman in the world to earn the Senior Tracker certification (2016) from CyberTracker. She earned her Track & Sign Specialist in South Africa in 2011, and her Trailing Specialist in North America in 2016. She began evaluating participants in track and sign on the African system in 2014, and in Trailing on the North American system in 2018. She travels all over the world to teach and to learn tracking skills, using the CyberTracker Tracker Evaluation system as a model for wholistic ecological education that belongs to all people, everywhere.

 

Kersey also completed a Ph.D. (2020) from the University of Connecticut, where she was also a lecturer for a decade and received a teaching award for her efforts. Her research focused on tracking. You can download her dissertation and/or watch a 46-minute presentation of her research at trackermentoring.com.

Kersey is currently the Ecologist and Lead Tracker for the South African based company, Nature Guide Training, which is the provider-on-the-ground for her international, study-abroad company Original Wisdom. Original Wisdom hosts group programs, mainly for high schools and universities, in ecology, tracking, human culture, and bushcraft. Together with her life-partner, Lee Gutteridge (Senior Tracker, Scout Guide, Wildlife Author, and Owner of Nature Guide Training), Kersey recently co-authored The Tracker Mentoring Manual, and launched a series of international online tracking courses at TrackerMentoring.com. She lives in South Africa for half of the year, and the USA for the other half, with additional international travel to teach, learn, and evaluate tracking sprinkled throughout.

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Jonah Evans

State Mammalogist, Texas Parks & Wildlife

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Jonah Evans is the State Mammalogist for Texas Parks and Wildlife where he oversees non-game mammal research and conservation for the agency. He is the author of iTrack Wildlife, a smartphone field guide to animal tracks, co-author of Animal Tracks and Scat of California, and creator the website naturetracking.com. He’s authored or co-authored scientific publications on numerous mammal species and on animal tracking in wildlife research. Jonah has a Masters degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona.

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Marcus Reynerson

Program Manager & Lead Instructor, Wilderness Awareness School

Marcus is a naturalist, educator, facilitator, filmmaker and photographer and serves currently as one of TCNA's Track and Sign evaluators. He has worked in wilderness education, outdoor leadership, and conservation for numerous organizations and communities across the globe. He is engaged in telling stories that bring to light and life, the complexity of humans living in the 21st century. Marcus currently lives in the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington State, just east of Seattle. He is the Lead Instructor for an internationally renowned environmental leadership immersion program for adults at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA.

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Mark Elbroch

Director, Panthera Mountain Lion Program

Mark Elbroch is the Director of the Puma/Mountain Lion Program at Panthera, and author/coauthor of 10 books on natural history. Mammal Tracks and Sign and Bird Tracks and Sign remain standards for the field. Mark earned his Senior Tracker Certificate in South Africa in 2005 and was subsequently the Initial Evaluator for CyberTracker Evaluations in North America. Mark received an honorary Master Tracker certificate in 2015 for his contributions to the field.

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Matt Nelson

Track & Sign Evaluator, Tracker Certification

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, this simple traveler has left footprints in search of authenticity in his life. Slow to learn and insistent on the hardest of life’s lessons, he’s a generalist in the true sense of the word. Easily bored, Matt has worked more jobs than can be listed here, searching for himself amid all the glittery promises of the materialistic culture he grew up in.

A lifetime hunter and woodsman, Matt strives to share his deep observations and his love for all things wild and true freely amongst his human interactions and in his teaching.

​Matt holds a Senior Tracker certificate from Cybertracker Conservation, is a track and sign evaluator with the same organization, and has worked on numerous wildlife and research projects, including the Gualala River Watershed council, the Garfield/Mesa Lion project, and the East Bay Puma Project. He currently resides in northern Wisconsin.

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Nate Harvey

Tracking Evaluator

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Nate Harvey evaluates trackers for CyberTracker in both Trailing and Track & Sign Identification. Additionally, he teaches workshops and intensives. Please visit his website, trackerstrail.com.

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Preston Taylor

Ungulate Specialist Biologist, Yurok Tribe

Preston works for the Yurok Tribe restoring landscapes to improve habitat for deer, elk, and salmon, and thereby the people as well. He is a crafter of traditional and primitive archery tackle, which he uses to interact with and hunt animals for food. He holds a Senior Tracker certificate through CyberTracker. He also enjoys foraging for food along the tidal rocks and bays, surfing, and backpacking. Visit his website at trackerlongbows.com for more information.

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Rob Speiden

Natural Awareness Tracking School trackingschool.com

Rob Speiden began his tracking experiences while growing up on a dairy farm in Virginia.  He completed college with a bachelor of science degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Rob is an active member of the Search and Rescue (SAR) community and he has assisted with over 370 searches since 1993. As a member of three SAR groups, he responds to searches as a certified Tracking Specialist, Search Team Leader, and Search Mission Coordinator.

Rob has been an instructor and evaluator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) since 1998. Rob was awarded Virginia’s highest Search and Rescue Award, The Lisa Hannon Award, in 2007. Rob has authored and published two books: "Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking" and "Tracker Training", which can be found at www.trackingschool.com.

For the last 15 years, Rob has found the Cybertracker Conservation evaluation system to be equally challenging, educational and rewarding. He has earned Senior Tracker status in North America, and is in training to be a Trailing Evaluator.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guest Speakers: Certified Tracking Professionals

 
 
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Ahíga Snyder

Wildlife Researcher & Field Operations Manager,

Pathways for Wildlife

Ahíga Snyder is a Wildlife researcher, Field operations manager, and Co-owner of Pathways for Wildlife. With over 10 years of experience, Ahíga specializes in managing various wildlife connectivity projects, and helps partners and clients set up road ecology studies with the objective of implementing wildlife safe passage. With a background in animal behavior, Ahíga’s main focus is collecting data relating to wildlife interactions with highways, roads, and existing infrastructure.

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Anna Kusler

Zambian Carnivore Programme,

Montana State University

Anna Kusler joined ZCP in 2018 and serves as a doctoral researcher and the manager for ZCP's program in the Greater Kafue Ecosystem. Her dissertation is a collaboration between ZCP, MSU, Panthera, the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and the Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah. Her work examines the connectivity, demography, and conservation of cheetahs in the KAZA landscape. Before joining ZCP, Anna received her MSc through Panthera and Pace University, studying mountain lion ecology and conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is CyberTracker Level III certified in Track and Sign interpretation. Outside bush life, Anna is a passionate mountaineer, an avid dancer, and really likes garlic bread.

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Gabriel Spence

Gabe received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Unity College in Maine in 1998. In 1999, he moved to Washington state to study at Wilderness Awareness School's residential program, where he became a tracking instructor. Eventually he returned to working in the wildlife field and has worked with lynx, cougars, and beavers as well as wolves. Gabe has been formally working with wolves in Washington since 2012.  In 2017 he completed a master’s degree at Washington State University studying wolf predation in areas of livestock grazing.  Tracking plays a large role in his day-to-day job of capturing and collaring wolves, confirming new packs, and estimating wolf abundance. Gabe holds Track and Sign Specialist and Tracker III certificates from CyberTracker North America.

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Jen Hunter

Resident Director, Hastings Natural History Reservation

Jen was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and moved to California to attend graduate school at UC Davis, where she earned a Ph.D. in Ecology. She has been working at UC Berkeley since 2014 and has been the Resident Director of the Hastings Natural History Reservation since November 2018.

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Kim Cabrera

Tracker, Beartracker Nature Films

Kim Cabrera began tracking with her father as a youngster, and then was self-taught for a number of years. She went on to become a student of SAR tracking in 1992, earning Tracker 2 certification with Universal Tracking Services. Cabrera created the first online web site about tracking in 1997, and was a founding member of the International Society of Professional Trackers in 1998. She currently holds Track and Sign Specialist certificates in the Forest and Desert bioregions. She has a Level II in Trailing, and a Tracker 2 with CyberTracker. Cabrera loves tracking, wildlife, photography, reading, and exploring outdoors.

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Kim Shelton

Bemidji State University, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Kim Shelton is a lifelong student of the natural world, constantly attempting to bridge the gap between humans and wildlife. She received training from and taught at Wilderness Awareness School before surviving 21 days in the Costa Rican mountains for the very first episode of Discovery’s Naked and Afraid. Kim received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology and Indigenous Sustainability Studies at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota in 2020. As an undergrad Kim wrote and received a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources funded grant to create and implement programming to integrate underrepresented demographics into the hunting and trapping community. She is currently a graduate student at Bemidji State University, working in collaboration with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on snowshoe hare predator abundance estimation and occupancy modeling on the reservation. Her research involves integrating western and indigenous sciences through the use of wildlife tracking. 

When not working on her thesis, she is an avid hunter, angler, wild ricer, maple-syruper and gardener.

Kim received her Level IV track and sign certificate for Northern Minnesota in 2018.

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Mirna Manteca

Mexico Program Road Ecology Coordinator,

Wildlands Network

Mirna is a conservation biologist working in the Sky Island Region of Northern Mexico. She has been working in the US-Mexico borderlands for the past 6 years in wildlife monitoring, springs monitoring, community engagement, and transboundary sister park relationships. She is currently Mexico Program Road Ecology Coordinator for Wildlands Network, promoting permeable highways in Mexico through science, advocacy, and outreach. She is a member of the IUCN Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group and a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Transport Working Group for the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group. She is an avid supporter of women in conservation as an ambassador for the Women for Wildlife Latin American Chapter and co-founder and co-director of the Asociación Mujeres y Conservación.

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Sarah Spaeth

Director of Conservation & Stretegic Partnerships,

Jefferson Land Trust

Sarah Spaeth has worked with the community to preserve the beautiful farms and forests, as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state for the last 25 years. In her current role as director of conservation and strategic partnerships for Jefferson Land Trust (www.saveland.org), she works closely with landowners and government and nonprofit agencies to protect important memory places for wildlife and humans — forever.

Sarah’s introduction to wildlife tracking in 2012 was extremely impactful — giving her an even deeper appreciation for the importance of connected wildlife habitat. Her conservation work has been deeply enriched by her study of wildlife tracking over the last nine years. Sarah’s been a student and teacher’s assistant in the Wilderness Awareness School’s Wildlife Tracking Intensive Program. She has also led basic wildlife tracking workshops for CedarRoot Folk School and Jefferson Land Trust. Sarah recently earned her Track & Sign Specialist Certificate. 

Sarah grew up in the Northwest, in Seattle and the San Juan Islands. She received her undergraduate degree in marine biology from Western Washington University and her graduate degree in coastal zone management from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington. Sarah has called Port Townsend Washington home for the past 30 years and she spends her free time exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, growing and enjoying food from her garden, and spending time with family and friends.

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Tanya Diamond

Wildlife Ecologist & GIS Analyst,

Pathways for Wildlife

Tanya Diamond, a Wildlife ecologist, has developed a research organization, Pathways for Wildlife, with her research partner Ahiga Snyder. Tanya received her MS in Conservation Biology & Ecology from San Jose State University. Her research and work involves creating wildlife linkage designs through wildlife surveys and GIS analysis. To implement these designs, she collaborates with conservation organizations, such as land trusts, and transportation agencies to acquire funding to install wildlife crossing structures (such as culverts, bridges, and underpasses) for wildlife to move safely underneath highways and roads. Tanya also specializes in helping partners acquire funding to preserve habitats within linkage areas that wildlife are traveling through.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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