Posted by: James Wapotich | October 14, 2021

Intro to Wildlife Camera Tracking

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Intro to Wildlife Camera Tracking

Sunday, Nov. 7, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Wildlife cameras give us a window into the hidden lives of our local animals. They allow us to see what animals do in their natural state, and can provide rich insights into their behavior.

Used by conservationists, land managers, and hunters, wildlife cameras have grown in popularity as technological advances have made cameras more affordable and easier to use. These advances have made wildlife cameras more accessible to nature enthusiasts, photographers, and people just curious about what’s going on in their own backyard. 

This class will cover the different types of wildlife cameras available on the market, the history of camera trapping or tracking, and how to set up a camera. The class will be part slideshow, part in the field, and will cover basic tracking awareness skills in order to more effectively select sites. 

James Wapotich is a UC Certified California naturalist, trail guide, Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with Los Padres National Forest, and the author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest. In addition to hiking the many trails in our local backcountry, James is an avid wildlife camera tracking enthusiast, with on average a half dozen cameras out in the field.

The class is $45 per person, $30 for Garden Members.

To register or for more information go to or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102

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