This 2-day long seminar will by taught by Kathryn Bamford on June 9-10, 2021, immediately before the main MRA conference. Attendees may register for 1 day, if desired.

The seminar focuses on search strategy and reading the dogs’ alerts in wilderness areas, for live find dogs as well as recovery dogs. It is conducted in the field with your canine in Forbes State Forest. And is for canine teams at the intermediate level or higher (i.e. which can search independently), it is not a beginner class. One canine per handler and there will be a maximum of 10 canine teams.


Seminar is June 9-10, immediately before the main MRA conference.

Cost: $140

Lunch is provided

The instructor is Kathryn Bamford, Ph.D:
I have been with Massasauga SAR Team (Rochester NY), a general SAR team providing land searchers, crew bosses, K9 resources and search management, for 18 years. I am the Field Officer and K9 Officer for my team, the K9 Coordinator for the NYS Federation of Search and Rescue Teams, and a K9 Evaluator for the NYSFEDSAR. In addition, I am a SAR Instructor for the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA). I have certified and worked four dogs in various disciplines including Disaster Search, Wilderness Airscent, Land Human Remain Detection (HRD), Crime Scene HRD, Articles/Evidence, and Water Recovery. I am currently working K9 #3 (GSD, HRD-only) and K9 #4 (Golden Retriever, Wilderness Airscent and Articles/Evidence). My search experience has been in wilderness, rural and urban areas in NY State and New England. I have testified in two court cases as an expert witness in K9 search and odor detection.

Kathryn Bamford is also speaking at the Main Conference on June 11. Register for the for pre-conference and the Main Conference!

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