ORANGE COUNTY TRACKERS is a loosely formed coalition of wildlife biologists, grad students, interpreters, rangers, naturalists, docents and others who are interested in enhancing their tracking skills and applying that knowledge to monitoring wildlife activity in Orange County, California. There are no dues or fees associated, just the opportunity to have fun in the outdoors while learning more about animal behavior through study of the tracks and sign they leave for us to contemplate.
Each year we offer a series of intense two-day courses of instruction on animal behavior and tracking (ABAT) but to date, that training has been almost exclusively limited to those who would be using the training as part of their employment or volunteer service as an interpreter to others. We will also provide information on training offered by other organizations in the region.
We are currently offering a series of tracking workshops in the more rural areas of Orange County on the third Saturday of each month. Graduates of our tracking classes and other experienced trackers are welcome to join us. Photos taken during past workshops and contact information for reservations can be viewed using the drop-down menu below.
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Living with Coyotes in Orange County.
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"What most will see as a scuff mark on the face of the earth is actually a window into the souls of all that have passed before us...."
Check here to view the mystery track of the month. Experienced trackers should be able to identify the species, direction of travel, gait and, perhaps more. To see a discussion of past tracks clickHERE.
Interpreting Bird Tracks.
Learn how to interpret the basic patterns and gaits of the animals.
See how our young trackers are learning to appreciate the natural world.
There is no better way to learn about animal behavior than to watch them in live action.
Visitors or others desiring more information or wanting to comment on this site may contact us here.
Wildlife shot of the month.
Learn about events coming up in the near future that you may want to participate in.
Learn how to cast animal tracks, footprints and tire impressions.
Explore the tracks and other sign found around a local beaver's pond.
Learn the basic tracks and sign of our local animals and study the nuances of each individual foot. To learn more about animal scat and other sign, CLICKHERE.
All photographs used on this site were taken in a natural setting within Orange County, California unless otherwise noted.
Links to past articles in print media, broadcast media, and Internet-based media.