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Audubon Society plans animal-tracking excursion

This Saturday, Feb. 6, in conjunction with the Weminuche Audubon Society, tracker and educator Jason Stuck will guide an animal-tracking excursion at the Hershey Four Mile Ranch north of Pagosa Springs. While free and open to the public, attendees are asked to leave all pets at home.

What has historically been Audubon’s most popular wintertime event locally, the three-hour outing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Due to deep snow and limited parking at the ranch, participants must meet by 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service office on 2nd Street, before carpooling to the program site.

As part of his monthly program with the Pagosa Tracking Club, entitled “Tracking, The Language of Nature,” Stuck will guide fellow trackers into the forest for the purpose of finding and identifying animal imprints in the snow. Upon closer examination, a series of tracks commonly imparts a fascinating and informative glimpse into the secret lives of Rocky Mountain wildlife.

Snowshoes are a must for the outing and seasonal attire, snacks, water, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Participants will also find a camera, binoculars and relevant field guides useful.

For more information on Stuck’s “Tracking, The Language of Nature,” call Jason at 731-9982. For more information regarding other local Audubon-sponsored programs and outings, visit the Weminuche Audubon Society Web site at weminucheaudubon.org, or contact Audubon Colorado’s Southwest Regional Director Becky Gillette at rgillette@audubon.org. You can call Becky at (970) 883-3066.

chuck@pagosasun.com