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Certificates The San Diego Tracking Team hosted a certification event for wildlife trackers based upon an internationally recognized format on February 4th and 5th, 2006. All 10 of the attendees earned certificates designating skill levels ranging from Track and Sign 1 to 3, a US record for competency.

Mark Elbroch, author of two award winning books on wildlife tracking, conducted the testing. Elbroch has earned a Senior Tracker Certificate in Kruger National Park, South Africa and offers the only rigorous system in North America for certifying field tracking skills and observer reliability. The Wildlife Tracking in North America program operates under guidelines of CyberTracker Conservation, a program developed 15 years ago by Louis Liebenberg in South Africa. The primary benefit of certifying trackers is raising the standards of research in conservation.

Tracking Barry Martin and Mike Kresky achieved the highest level of certification, Track and Sign Level 3. Lee Kirchhevel, John Richards, Bonnie Hendricks and Jesper Pietsch received Level 2, and Don Rowe, Gary Seiser, Betsy Brack, and Phoenix Von Hendy also earned Level 1 certificates. Brack, at age 72, holds title to being the most senior holder of Track and Sign Level 1 certification in the world. Elbroch reported that the youngest is Makai, age 14 and a member of the Uruke Tracking Group in the Southern Kalahari.

The SDTT will probably be hosting more tracker certification events. See our Calendar of Events for details as they become available.

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