September along the South Fork of Birch Creek is a magical time – golden leaves flicker in the breeze and illuminate hillsides as elk bugle in the distance and animal tracks frequent the trails, reminding us that we are not the only ones traveling these woods. Join us for our inaugural wildlife tracking, trailing and animal sign identification workshop with Lisa Flowers and Eric Bergman where we will investigate the habits of the bear, wolf, cat, deer, elk and other animals as they prepare for the oncoming winter.
The workshop takes place at our Circus Creek Base Camp, a 10.75-mile hike from the trailhead. The hike in follows Swift Dam Reservoir and later, the South Fork of Birch Creek to our camp. While the trail is overall river grade, there are several sections with small elevation gains and drops. Once at camp, you have the comforts of a wall tent and wood stove for a communal workshop and eating space, as well as several other features that make your stay more comfortable.
Each day, we’ll set out in search of tracks and animal sign, and you’ll learn about their backstory and how to interpret what we find. Eric and Lisa will lead us on our tracking hunts and present several mini lectures and hands on activities (both in the field and in camp) explaining the habits of the mammals that live in the area.
The days spent at base camp will be a combination of track and sign hunting, discussion and hiking, while the nights will include hearty meals, beverages and lively conversation about the day’s findings.
If you love fall in Montana, are curious to learn more about tracking, and like the idea of hiking out of a base camp, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss.