July 31 – August 2nd 2020 – Holland
The community of trackers in Europe is growing which is excellent news. We are sure CT is playing a large role in this as we see more and more students joining evaluations throughout Europe, often outside their own home countries.
Countries where evaluations have been held now include England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Slovakia.
With this in mind we feel the time is right to stage an international tracker symposium, to give trackers a chance to get together, attend workshops and discuss applications for wildlife across our region.
It is hoped that should the idea prove popular it can become a regular event every other year and rotating in different European countries.
Currently we are working on the exact content and are seeking expressions of interest to anyone who would consider attending and for feedback on exactly what sort of event you would like see.
Initial ideas include the following:
– Tracking is currently an underused part of the field naturalists skill set, although our event will focus primarily on tracking we are also keen to share skills with other naturalists in similar and related disciplines.
– Tracking workshops, ranging from track & sign, trailing, but also in specialist areas related to these subjects. These would be open to a small number of delegates to create an environment where real learning can take place.
– Evening presentation, talks and lectures on a wider range of tracking and wildlife related topics and open to larger numbers of people.
– We would like to offer the opportunity for some delegates to stay on after the event and attend track and sign or trailing evaluations.
A preliminary date is already set for next year: last weekend of July 2020: Friday July 31st – August 2nd .
Please block this weekend in your diary, and help us by sharing this news with your own tracking and wildlife contacts.
Also if you have a particular area of expertise and would like to offer a workshop please get in touch with a brief outline of your idea.
It could be you are an expert on bird alarm calls, or skulls and bones, or the favorite food plants of European deer species. Any broadly tracking and wildlife related topics will be considered.
Any feedback on this concept would also be gratefully received even as simple as whether you are interested or not. Many thanks!
We will keep you posted via our news mails and the cybertracker Europe facebook page. Hope to see you next year! We look forward to it.
Best regards, Herzliche Grüsse, Hartelijke groeten,
John Rhyder (UK) / Joscha Grolms (D) / René Nauta (NL)