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March 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
March Chapter Meeting
Heidi Kryger Bailey, TPWD Regulatory Wildlife Biologist, will present “Introduction to Tracking” at the Elm Fork Texas Master Naturalist meeting on March 18, 2021. All animals, from the lowliest bugs to the biggest mammals, leave some sort of sign of their passing through. Being able to identify and interpret animal tracks and sign allows new insight into the (often secretive) world of animals and their behavior. If you’ve ever wondered “What made that track?” or “What was that animal doing when it made that?”, then this will be a good introduction to the art and science of tracking.
Heidi is the TPWD Regulatory Wildlife Biologist for four counties in the middle Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a degree in Animal Science. She started with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1999 after stints as a horse trainer, ranch hand, an assistant feedlot manager , among others. As a biologist her responsibilities include conducting wildlife censuses, providing technical guidance to landowners/managers and hunters, preparing management plans, conducting outreach programs and hunts, wildlife disease monitoring, and performing habitat management and restoration activities.
Heidi is one of the top wildlife trackers within TPWD and has received Level 3 Track and Sign Interpreter certifications in two regions of the U.S.from CyberTracker International. Beside tracking, her other passions within the job are prescribed fire and native range restoration and enhancement. She has conducted prescribed burns across the state and considers educating landowners about the benefits of fire a top priority. Likewise, she actively works to promote the eradication of exotic pasture grasses and the restoration of native grasses and forbs. when she is not working she enjoys windsurfing, fly-fishing, hog hunting, running, competing in triathlons, and cooking “if it don’t hurt going down it’s no good” Tex-Mex food.
Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMldOCprT0jEtPqmD_U0lso9O-oJG4FtOLx