Winter Animal Tracking & Intro to Trapping
Time & Location
About the Event
Animal Tracking & Intro to Trapping Workshop for Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-Binary, Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming, Queer, and Woman/Womxn-Identified Indigenous Folks
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, FEB 4th
Hunter Cascagnette (they/ them) will be taking participants out to do some animal tracking at the "Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Conservation area". We will be walking on the frozen marsh and trails to identify various animal tracks and signs we come across. We will also look for animal dens and lodges. On our walk we are likely to come across coyote, fox, muskrat, mink, weasel, raccoon, rabbit, and other animal tracks and signs too! Afterwards, we will have an outdoor fire to warm up, a late-lunch, and a tea time sharing circle where folks will be welcomed to ask more questions and share about familial and ancestral relationships to trapping, fur, animal harvesting, food ways, etc. At some point during our time together, Hunter will share teachings on trapping and demonstrate how conibear and leg hold traps function.
About the facilitator:
Hunter Cascagnette (they/ them) is a gender-non-conforming, two-spirit mixed blood person of Potawatomi, Métis, and European settler ancestries, preserving hunting, trapping, and sugar bushing practices in their family in southern Georgian Bay.
We will be meeting at 1459 Baseline Rd. S., Tiny, ON (135km North of Toronto) between around 10:30am. From there we will go to the Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area (500 Tiny Flos Townline, Elmvale, ON), a 10 minute drive from our meeting spot. We will then return to our meeting spot to warm up, have lunch, tea, an outdoor fire and chats. We will wrap up by 430pm. Most of the days activities will be taking place outdoors. There will be an indoor bathroom available at our meeting spot where we will also have lunch and a fire.
Rides from and back to Tkaronto (Toronto) will be made avaiable to those who need. For those travelling from other regions, we have a very small amount of funds to support your travel costs. Please indicate your transportation needs when registering.
Be weather ready! You can check the weather report for Wyevale Ontario to get an accurate sense of what weather conditions will be for that day. Participants should bring a winter hat, a winter jacket, warm gloves, warm socks, long-johns/snow pants. and warm winter boots that come up high (it’s possible the snow will be 2-3 feet deep in areas at the marsh)! The winter tracking walk will be much more enjoyable if folks are dressed for the weather. If you don’t have the winter gear needed, the facilitator has some gear to lend: indicate any winter gear needs when registering, and the organizer will do their best to reserve it for you.
If you have a pair of snowshoes or are able to borrow a pair, please bring them as they will be very useful for our walk at the marsh! The facilitator has 2 pairs of snowshoes for lending. If you have extra snowshoes to lend please indicate this when registering!