About Linda Spielman

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Red fox front (upper right) and rear (lower left)

My happiest moments come when I am outside reading the stories nature tells. From an early age I learned about trees, wildflowers, birds, insects, and animals, but I yearned to know more about what happened in the forests and meadows when people did not intrude. When I discovered animal tracking I knew I had the means to go deeper into the mysteries of nature. An environmental educator and student of animal tracking for over 25 years, I have studied tracking with Charles Worsham, Paul Rezendes, Susan Morse, George Leoniak, and Tom Brown. My most formative student experiences came during my studies with tracker and artist Charles Worsham, who encouraged me to use drawing as a learning tool. I have been drawing ever since, and I love the way drawing a track leads me to insights I would otherwise have missed. I have also been photographing tracks for many years, and I enjoy sharing my extensive collection of photos as a guest speaker. I lead tracking workshops and informal outings with participants at all levels, from beginner to advanced. I have worked with conservation organizations, tracking conferences, nature centers, college and university classes, and school-age youth. I coordinate Cayuga Keeping Track, the Ithaca Keeping Track Monitoring Program, and lead the Ithaca Tracking Club, a less formal group open to everyone. I live with my partner and my dog in a small house in a small village in upstate New York.