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Become a woodland detective: learn how to track animals in the wild


BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and New Hampshire Fish & Game Department will present a wildlife tracking workshop at Bretzfelder Park Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This free program is part of the Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series.

Participants will become woodland detectives, using often obscure clues left by wildlife to determine which animals have passed through different northern habitat types. The presentation will describe the fundamentals of tracking and evaluating animal signs in constantly changing weather and conditions in various northern New England habitats. Tracks and signs from common New Hampshire mammal species will be covered.

The presentation will be conducted by Will Staats of the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

Will Staats is the regional wildlife biologist for the Department, stationed in the Lancaster Regional office. His duties encompass a wide range of wildlife and habitat related issues for Coos and northern Grafton County. In his spare time Staats spends a great deal of time tracking deer and bobcats over the mountains and swamps of northern New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he lives in the tiny town of Victory.

Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The park was bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, and includes a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites.

Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in February and August. The Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series continues August 2017.

 For more information and a calendar of events please visit, email us at, or call 603-444-6228.

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