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, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Slovakia.
With this in mind we feel the time is right to stage an International Tracker Symposium (ITS), to give trackers a chance to get together, attend virtual talks and workshops and discuss applications for wildlife across our region.
It is hoped that should the idea prove popular it can become a regular online event and maybe a face to face one every other year and rotating in different European countries.
Important note: the ITS is a non-profit event!
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. Besides this a series of various talks will be offered.
We have many highly skilled naturalists and trackers who have already offered to share their knowledge via talks and/or virtual workshops.
The complete itinerary with more explanation (who is offering what?) will be published at a later date.
This is now an online event
A date in 2020 was set for the ITS, but due to corona, we decided to cancel.
New date: February 25-27 2022
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 talk or a workshop please get in touch with a brief outline of your idea we may still be able to squeeze you in.
Any feedback on this concept would also be gratefully received even as simple as whether you are interested or not.
We will keep you posted via our news mails and the cybertracker Europe facebook page and here of course. Hope to see you in Holland! We look forward to it.
Best regards, Herzliche Grüsse, Hartelijke groeten,
John Rhyder (UK), Joscha Grolms (D), René Nauta (NL)