PERU - Susan Morse, expert in Natural History and tracking, will be teaching a six month course to interested participants about wildlife in Vermont.

Morse is a conservationist who recognizes that citizens with a detailed knowledge of the habitat and wildlife that is part of their community become the best advocates for conservation and land preservation.

Her program, Keeping Track, has influenced the conservation of 36,000 acres of habitat in twelve states and Quebec. Keeping Track believes that more "boots on the ground" field research is essential if we are to successfully conserve an appropriate matrix of core and connecting habitats.

Morse will start the program for the Peru/Manchester group on Oct. 13. The course will be conducted over a six-month period, meeting monthly for day-long classes. Classes will include hands-on classroom study and field studies. Morse teaches using an enormous collection of wildlife specimens and will lead the class into the Vermont outdoors to observe the habitats of a variety of our indigenous species.

Tuition is $350 and is all inclusive. Scholarships are available. The group should plan for eight hours outdoors. They will not move fast, covering three to four miles in an hour.

Dates are as follows: Oct. 13, at Wolf Run, moose wallows; there will be no November classes, as it is hunting season; Dec. 8, Peru foot class, with real feet; Jan. 10 and 11 in Peru, with a pot luck and lecture on Friday evening and field work on Satuday; Feb. 9 at Wolf Run, baby bears; March 8, bobcat run; April 18 and 19 in Peru, with a Friday potluck and course summary and some Saturday field work.

This program has limited space. Email or call Tracy Black at wwxcski@myfairpoint.net or 802-824-6793 for more details and information regarding the tuition and syllabus.