Tracker, by Courtney Quirin

My friend, Courtney Quirin, Biologist, Journalist, Documentarian, Artist, All-American Runner, in addition to being a high-energy, intrepid adventurer, is putting together an exciting documentary on animal tracking: “Tracker”! She’s actually attending the year long tracking course at the Tracker Academy in South Africa, so she has immersed herself in the subject and the process. The subject is dear to my heart as I’ve always been against tagging and radio-collaring of wildlife, intrusive gadgets these trackers never use. It turns out that 90% of traditional tracking skills have been lost over the last 40 years in South Africa. The tracking academy aims to bring these back to use in modern conservation. Watch the exciting trailer above to get more of a feel for the exciting endeavor! A second sizzle can be found here.

The film follows eight students over a year as they cultivate the tracker mindset and learn to read the language of nature. Along the way they learn that tracking is far more than identifying tracks; it is a compass for life.

  • Website: www.trackerfilm.com
  • Instagram site: @tracker_the_film
  • Indiegogo link:  https://igg.me/at/trackerfilm
  • Donations: can be made through January 4th, through Indiegogo or their fiscal sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary, and are tax deductible. The funds will be used to cover costs of filming for the rest of the school year AND will help preserve an ancient African practice and incorporate it into modern conservation. Ten percent of net proceeds of this documentary will go towards funding a scholarship for students to attend Tracker Academy.

San Francisco Coyote film by Nick Stone Schearer is available for viewing via Wild & Scenic Film Festival thru January 23rd

I wanted to share that don’t feed the coyotes (which includes me) is streaming today through January 23rd via the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! The link to order and watch it is here: 

https://www.dontfeedthecoyotes.com/watch

This session includes: My Wild Backyard: New York City (14 minutes), don’t feed the coyotes (30 minutes), My Garden of a Thousand Bees (52 minutes).

I’ve watched “My Garden of a Thousand Bees”, having been told by several people that the work is reminiscent of mine: actually spending time observing critters and discovering fascinating social behaviors!!

It’s a unique film festival, centered around conservation and raising money to help protect the South Yuba River. The in-person screenings were postponed due to Covid but this is a wonderful lineup online. Viewing for this screening is limited to US residents.

How Coyotes Conquered American Cities, by William Poor

This short video clip is well done. That I appear in it makes it extra special, though my contribution is limited to just my advocacy work and includes none of my fieldwork or behavioral studies, nor the DNA project I’m working on.

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