Discover the Art of Wildlife Tracking


What: You will learn how to read tracks and sign to determine the movements and behaviors of animals in the Swan Valley. Start with an informational lecture and overview of techniques at the Beck Homestead in Condon. The rest of the day will be spent in the field putting those techniques into practice. You will become familiar with gait patterns and how to measure the stride (length) and straddle (width) between tracks. Hone your eyes to subtle clues with the help of experienced guides. This area contains the full suite of North American carnivores from wolves to lynx to wolverines. Rich in wildlife, the Swan Valley is an incredible location to spend the day tracking.

Instructor: Luke Lamar – Born and raised in the Swan Valley, Luke Lamar has developed deep roots and personal connections with the landscape. Since 2014, Luke has directed conservation programs that include assisting private landowners to restore and conserve wetland and riparian habitats, maintaining and improving water quality, helping people and bears coexist, monitoring of wildlife and native fish species, wilderness management, and promoting responsible forest stewardship. 

When: March 9, April 13, 10:00am – 4:00pm. The group will be in the classroom 10 – 11:30, then enjoy lunch provided by SVC, and get out into the field 12 – 4

Where: Participants will meet at the Beck Homestead: 1200 Ed Road, Condon, MT 59826. Turn left on Cold Creek Rd ~1 mile north of the Mission Mountain Mercantile, take the first right onto Ed road. The road splits into two driveways, take the right drive.

Cost: $80

SVC Supplies: Lunch, Hot Beverages, Snowshoes, Tracking Equipment

Participant Should Bring: WARM LAYERS!! – jackets, hat, gloves, boots, wool or snow pants; journal and camera; travel mug; hand/toe warmers; feel free to bring your favorite field guide, though SVC will have some provided.

How to Register: Call Lindsay @ 754 3137 or e-mail at

How to Pay: Cash or Check delivered or mailed to SVC: 6887 MT HWY 83, Condon, MT 59826. Once payment is received your spot is secured.

Participant Forms: Lindsay will e-mail necessary forms for participants to review. Participants can either return via e-mail ( or sign upon arrival

**Participants interested in the January 26 th course, please contact Montana Natural History Center:

Phone: 406-327-0405 Website: OR


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