Local wildlife tracker Laura Sebastianelli will offer a tracking workshop Sunday, Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, this outdoor adventure will explore the Newman Preserve.

Although wild animals themselves can be difficult to spot in winter, their tracks and signs in the snow are not, revealing exciting interactions and interconnections not readily visible in other seasons. The snow-covered landscape provides a unique classroom for learning to observe and decipher natural signs so as to better understand the world around us.

Group size is limited to 10 people, and advance registration with CMLT is necessary. Call 236-7091 to register.

Sebastianelli is an experienced naturalist and educator, as well as an accomplished and passionate animal tracker. This will be her sixth year leading this workshop for the land trust. She apprenticed with renowned master tracker Paul Rezendes, and has conducted surveys in Maine’s north woods for Canada lynx for Maine’s Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and grey wolf on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation. Presently, she is directing the Wolf Inquiry Project, an independent citizen science research program using sound analysis to investigate the presence of wolves in Maine.

Participants should be in good physical condition and bring snowshoes (no skis, please), water, a bag lunch and appropriate clothing for a full day outdoors. A small daypack is suggested, as are tape measure, pencils (pens freeze), paper and a small pad to kneel on during the workshop and/or to sit on during lunch in the field. Ambitious participants can read (and bring) Paul Rezendes’ book, “Tracking and the Art of Seeing,” 2nd edition.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 8,000 acres to date.

For more information about the land trust and other events offered in 2010, visit coastalmountains.org.