Tracking the American Marten, a Wisconsin Endangered Mustelid

Course Title:Tracking the American Marten, a Wisconsin Endangered Mustelid

(Course qualifies for Master Naturalist continuing education)

This class is full and we will only be accepting registration for a future American Marten class.  If you are interested please complete a registration form and send it to us without the fee.


Dates:   Wed, Thurs, Fri, January 17, 18, 19, 2018

Time:  17th and 18th –9AM-12PM; 19th—9AM-1:00PM

Location:  17th– Iron County Forestry Highway Dept conference room, 607 3rd Ave. North,      Hurley

        18th-Mercer Library, 2648W Margaret St., Mercer

        19th-Meet at Mercer Library—tracking field trip

Course fee:  $35 with a $5 discount if registered by Jan. 3rd.

Objectives: Deep in the heart of Iron County in Northern Wisconsin, the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department, along with local high school students, are investigating the linkage between forest types, soils, water, and wildlife.  Through hands-on research the team has been studying Wisconsin’s State endangered American Marten and its habitat, home range, and behavior.  This session will introduce you to the fascinating natural history of the Am. Marten as well as a sharing of data collected about marten habitat and the importance of forested wetlands.  

Course structure:  The course will be given in _3__ sessions, each _3-4__ hours long, covering the following topics:

Session 1: Project introduction, Marten ecology and the mustelid  

Session 2: Wildlife Research Techniques / Animal Track Identification

Session 3: Animal Track Survey, Winter Forest Ecology Field Trip. Bring warm clothes, brown bag lunch and snowshoes. (Let us know if you need snowshoes).

Requirements: Ability to walk on snowshoes about 1-2 miles on easy terrain. Prior to the first class, students should watch video about the marten project.

Instructor: Zach Wilson is the Conservation Specialist for the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department.  He has been the coordinator of the Woods and Waters project, studying Fishers, American marten, and the Common Loon for the past 16 years.  He has over 20 years of experience as a naturalist, private business owner and general Northwoods Adventurer.  Living life with the model of “Acting Locally and Thinking Globally”.