Hosted by: The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, Wallowa County, Oregon
This workshop will provide training for budding and professional wildlife biologists on technique for capturing and evaluating wildlife images on digital SLR and trail cameras. Participants will get a mix of both, in classroom and field settings. Your digital SLR trainer is Jeremy Roberts, of Conservation Media . Dr. Patricia Cramer, of Utah State University, will lead the trail camera training. This workshop is a perfect primer for more focused wildlife techniques classes, such as the Remote Trail Camera Workshop held by the Western Section of TWS and occupancy modeling.
Facilities: All of the training and lodging will be at “Summer Camp” (SC), an updated homestead on the preserve. There are three cabins, one of which will be our classroom (“doc’s cabin”). The other cabins (“schoolhouse” and “farm house”) have bunk beds. All cabins have electricity, running water, heat, full kitchens and a full bath. The houses are a bit rustic ‐ be prepared to share your home with small critters who consider it their home too. Getting to summer camp involves several miles on well‐maintained gravel roads and a couple of miles on a bumpy double track road. It’s about a 45 minute drive to SC from Enterprise or Joseph. Note there is no cell service or internet available at SC.
Lodging: Participants may camp or stay in the bunk bed rooms at SC. About 10 beds and 4 cots are available, and floor space. Beds are first‐come, first‐serve (via the registration). There’s plenty of open space for setting up your tent around SC, and campers are welcome to use the rest of the facilities. If you prefer something less rustic, you may find your own lodging in Enterprise or Joseph.
Field Component: Wildlife are likely to be active at the preserve at this time of year. Many species consider SC their home, including mule deer, ground squirrels, barn and cliff swallows and great horned owls. Possible photo opportunities for trail cameras are black bear, cougar, coyote, mountain quail, and short‐tailed weasel, and elk, American badger, ferruginous hawk, and vesper sparrow may be captured with digital SLR cameras.
Meals: We will provide all participants with a hearty and delicious breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast on Monday morning. Special dietary restrictions/preferences can be considered.
ClassSize and Costs: Because of the type of facilities available and the volunteer support provided by OR‐TWS board members to keep costs down, the maximum class size is 17. Cost for the workshop is $300.
This workshop has a limit of 17 participants so SIGN UP SOON!
For more information please write to Mindy Trask (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.wildlife.org/oregon/UpcomingWorkshops.