I was very fortunate to discover the Southwest Wildlife Online Tracking Training course shortly after I began tracking. The course is comprehensive and all-encompassing. The guidance and coaching I received was at once expert, knowledgeable, gentle and informative. As a direct result of this course, I was able to score a Level 3 on my first Cybertracker Track and Sign Evaluation.
What Students Say
Learning to identify animal tracks is hard work, frustrating at times. Teaching methods that provide basic knowledge of animal morphology and patterns of movement allow new trackers to solve problems through systematic deduction. The emphasis is on the *process* of reasoning, given the evidence, rather than the correct answer. Trackers who embrace this process will naturally gravitate towards correctly solving identifications and gait mysteries. It's empowering and the instructors at SWOTT taught me to track this way.
Cybertracker Level IV Track & Sign
The SWOTT program has been phenomenal. The digital resources Bob has put together are a tremendous addition to the traditional print library of tracking field guides, with excellent detail about the intricacies of track morphology and track pattern analysis that I've yet to encounter anywhere else. The exercises guide you through a process of identification that demands multi-factor reasoning and a detailed rationale for each answer. All the while expert instructors guide you as you learn to parse out the noise from the evidence. This method of analysis helped me achieve a 99 (Level 3) on my first Tracker Certification.