Wildlife Track & Sign Evaluation (CyberTracker)
Louis Liebenberg has developed the CyberTracker (CT) method in South Africa. Primarily intended for Bushmen, tracking experts, to offer them a future. In addition, the system has been set up to assess the knowledge of trackers themselves and to establish it by using an ‘evaluation’ (eval).
A CT eval consists of 2 intensive days in the field. You will be asked in between 50 and 60 questions about all kinds of track and sign from birds, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates and humans. The word 'evaluation' might sound as an exam, but it is meant as a way to qualify your knowledge which you posses at this very moment. It is above all a fantastic learning experience because you will make enormous progress in knowledge in a short period of time. Every question asked, will be thoroughly explained afterwards, so you will learn a lot from it. This is also a huge difference with a 'regular' exam. Why is this a fox track, and why is it a left front of that fox?
In 2012 ct evals were organized for the first time in England and I was happy to be invited. Te next year I introduced the ct in Holland. Since that year we have been the enthusiastic ambassadors of this method in the Netherlands and would like to help spread it to Europe. At the moment 'evals' are being offered in Spain, UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Holland. And more countries to come!
After obtaining my Specialist (100% score) in 2014, my training to become an 'evaluator' started from that moment on. During this fascinating journey I joined many evals in Germany, the US, Spain and the UK. In March 2018 I received my Evaluator badge.
EXTRA also offers an extensive course on Track & Sign. We teach you to look differently, focus on details as well as ‘the bigger picture’. You will receive an explanation of all types of tracks of the different family groups and the way these animals move (gaits). We use the CT method as a way to teach all this. Our course consists of 3x a theoretical part followed by an excursion about tracks, plus 3x theory plus excursion about sign.
Anyone can organise an eval as a host. If you are interested in hosting one yourself, let me know, I am happy to help and give advice.
Detailed information will be send after enlisting.
Here is a video showing Casey McFarland explaining the tracks of a red squirrel. It is a nice example of how an evaluation works:
Duration: 2 days
Group size: min 8 - max 10
Location: The Netherlands, exact locations will be send after enlisting
Not included: meals and overnight stays if needed.
€ 225,= (tax included)
Prices may differ slightly, depending on who is hosting the eval.
- 2 days in the field
- around 50 - 60 questions about all kinds of animal tracks and sign
- multiple locations (forest, marshland, etc.)
- huge steps forward in knowledge
- international certificate at the end
- feedback on your strengths in terms of knowledge and subjects to work on