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Los Fresnos Tracking Workshop

April 20, 2017, 8:30 am - April 23, 2017, 5:00 pm

Join us for a four-day get-away in a spectacular Mexican Sky Island setting with Sky Island Alliance staff and regional guest experts.  Participants gain hands-on field instruction and theory in a variety of skills and techniques, including:

  • Natural history and conservation of regional animal species, with emphasis on the jaguar, Mexican gray wolf, ocelot, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, white-nose coati, Mexican opossum, badger, desert tortoise, and box turtle;
  • Wildlife track morphology, structure and terminology;
  • Photo documentation;
  • Motion-activated wildlife camera monitoring techniques;
  • Track casting and tracing techniques;
  • Animal gaits and movement; and,
  • Hands-on experience with track identification in the field.  
This workshop will be held at Naturalia’s Rancho Los Fresnos near Cananea, Sonora in Mexico (approximately 4 hours drive from Tucson). During the workshop, we will take the opportunity to gather wildlife tracking data for Naturalia.


  • 8:45 AM Thursday: Participants will meeting us at the Sky Island Alliance offices (406 S 4th Ave) at 8:45 on Thursday to catch a ride or carpool/caravan to Mexico .
  • 12 PM Sunday: Our workshop will be wrapped up, and participants will be on their way home.
  • 5 PM Sunday: Participants riding back to Tucson with SIA will be returned to our offices by 5 pm on Sunday, perhaps earlier.

We will have a limited number of beds available, with plenty of spots for tent camping available as well. The guesthouse is equipped with a full kitchen, but fridge space can become limited so bring a cooler, just in case. There are also indoor bathrooms/showers available, but be conscious of everyone’s needs and don’t plan on lengthy showers.

Campsites are grassy areas located near the ranch house. High clearance vehicles are recommended. We will be bring potable water, but feel free to bring extra.

SIA will not be providing any meals during this trip; you will need to bring enough food for breakfast, packable lunches, dinners, and any snacks you desire. This means that you will want to be prepared with ten meals: from Thursday lunch to Sunday lunch.

The majority of the weekend will be spent outdoors and you can expect to spend time sitting, and walking or strolling along wet creeks and dry riverbeds as we look for tracks and other wildlife sign.  We provide some blocks of free time, but the schedule calls for long days, starting around 8am and ending around 7 or 8 at night.

All course materials are included.  You will receive Mark Elbroch’s field guide Mammal Tracks and Sign:  A Guide to North American Species, a tracking ruler, laminated wildlife track identification field cards, and a workshop packet.

No dogs or pets are allowed on this trip.  Participants are required to sign our volunteer release form.  Youth ages 13-17 are welcome if joined by an accompanying adult. Please register online and during checkout specify payment by credit card or check.

Sky Island Alliance offers Wildlife Tracking Workshops twice a year, in both spring and fall.  Our workshops alternate between overnight camping and bed and breakfast style accommodations in different outdoor settings around the Sky Island region; cost can vary slightly based on amenities offered, but every workshop is taught at the same high quality standard.

***Cancelation policy:  Due to the limited space availability for this particular workshop, we cannot provide refunds for cancelation.  However, we can accept substitutions.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact Bryon Lichtenhan, Field Coordinator, at [email protected], or 520-624-7080 ext 27.


April 20, 2017, 8:30 am
April 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
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Bryon Lichtenhan


Rancho Los Fresnos
Cananea, Sonora Mexico + Google Map