Local wildlife tracker Laura Sebastianelli will offer a tracking workshop on 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 in Northport.

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

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.

To facilitate learning, group size is limited to 10 people. Advance registration with Coastal Mountains Land Trust is necessary, at which point more logistical information will be provided.

Participants should be in good physical condition, and bring snowshoes (no skis), 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,” second 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 on the Land Trust and other events, visit online at coastalmountains.org. To register for the workshop, call 236-7091.

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