One of my earliest childhood memories was making a trap for tigers, in the courtyard of my parents’ apartment in Warsaw. I was too young to know that a closest wild tiger was thousands of miles away, but even if I did, that probably wouldn’t have stopped me. I was digging my trap and placing sticks over it with a determination of a four year old. As I was totally engrossed in the activity, I felt something stare at me. Sitting on the fence of the courtyard was a big, orange, Persian cat. Scared to the bones, I run up the stairs without even looking over my shoulder. I was convinced I just escaped with my life from a tiger.
Many years later, I am still making ‘traps’ for big cats and other wildlife in a form of remote cameras and track stations. Seeing animals in their natural environment makes my heart sing. I am fascinated by their elegance, their interactions, and the adaptations they developed to survive. Through numerous workshops with famous trackers, late nights spent pouring over field guides, and countless hours of dirt time, I taught myself how to read animal tracks and sign. I call myself a tracker, but I am fully aware I am on a journey that has no end because nature is infinite. That is, if we take good care of it.
In the days of old (and still today in some parts of the world), trackers found and brought food to their tribes. Their skills in reading tracks, following animals, finding and hunting them were their offering to the community. At night, around the fire, they told stories from their pursuits. This site honors that tradition. By sharing stories from my adventures with wildlife, I hope to illuminate the hidden world of animals that often live right in our backyards. I want to inform people about the natural history of our wild neighbors and I hope to inspire them to go on adventures of their own and connect with nature. I want you to become vested in our wild and natural heritage. This is my offering.