Foraging is an art that's all but lost in today's modern society, but it can make a huge difference in your life. A foraging tool like this bandana is meant to give a person power over their situation, leading to purpose, and the ability to self-aid and self-rescue.
The Foraging Bandana was designed in cooperation with some of the finest foraging instructors. It lists the 12 most common plants/fungus of North America, including their common and scientific names. The field uses of all 12 plants/fungus are listed using part indicator icons on each plant illustration. The bandana also includes the ”5 Steps of Identifying Edible Plants” by Samuel Thayer and ”Rules and Ethics of Foraging” by Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen.
We designed this bandana to act as a learning primer, field aid, and emergency reference. For neophytes, this bandana serves as a fun, stepping-stone educational tool. For more experienced foragers, this bandana should encourage impromptu foraging, help in sharing the passion of foraging with others, demonstrate alignment with the foraging lifestyle, and help promote awareness of continued education in this field.
We worked with experts, Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian to choose plants based on the following criteria:
Abundance in USA
Ease of Identification
Few or no poisonous look-alikes
Ability to represent on a bandana
Ease to process into its usable form
Designed in cooperation with:
Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen
Ph.D. chemist by day, rogue naturalist by night/weekends. Mark has become one of the most experienced foraging experts in North America. He's the creator of www.foragingtexas.com which is probably the most useful foraging resource available... and it's FREE!
Dr. Nicole Apelian
Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world. Learn more atNicoleApelian.com
This design is by Wazoo Survival Gear LLC in cooperation with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian.
Illustrations of Burdock, Nettle and Prickly Pear Cactus copyright: Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. Made and printed in the USA!
The plant representations and denoted characteristics featured on this bandana are in no way intended to be a source of proper identification, use, or processing of plants.
Wazoo Survival Gear LLC and all other mentioned parties are not responsible for any harm resulting from the act of harvesting or attempting to forage plants.
Hands (paws, hooves, or otherwise) down, this is the most legitimate tracking bandana.
Accurate identification and interpretation of animal behavior via track and sign is an outdoor skill that has been all but lost by the average person, even to the most experienced outdoors-folks. Learning even the basics of tracking will yield a more enriching awareness in nature as well as a practical tool when your life may depend on it.
It should be acknowledged that this is not the first tracking bandana ever made, but hands (paws, hooves, or otherwise) down, it’s the most legitimate! It contains the most accurate tracks available, shown to scale, and includes default gaits for each animal.
We partnered with tracking experts to help guide us and choose the list of animals based on certain criteria that would allow you to have the most success with this bandana. We requested animals:
Found across the majority of North America
Most abundantly found in the wild
That may indicate water nearby
That are easy food sources
Most useful for side-by-side comparison
We also included false eyespots. These are a form of mimicry adapted by various insects, birds, fish, and reptiles, as well as by some human cultures. The bandana can be folded so the “eyes” face outward and can be worn on the back of the head to serve the same purpose, or worn on the front while napping.
Who are these so called animal tracking "Experts" we consulted with?
Beau Harger is our local tracker. He took us out in the field, got our feet wet (and almost got Dustin stuck knee-deep in mud) and gave us the hands-on crash course in tracking. He’s been an integral part in the design of this product and made himself available at all hours of the night to answer questions and continue pushing this design in the right direction.
Jonah Evans (www.naturetracking.com/) is also a fellow Texan with about 2 decades of tracking experience (and who knows how many certifications) but still maintains the humble life-long student attitude, realizing there is always more to learn. He even has an app called iTrack Wildife that is a great learning tool to combine with this bandana.
Mark Elbroch (www.markelbroch.com) helped bring the CyberTracker program to the U.S. and literally wrote the books on tracking. Not just any books, but the books with the most accurate and detailed prints available. He partnered with us to provide the artwork for the bandana and we truly couldn’t have done it without him!
Our granddaughter is learning about animals. This bandana is helping her understand how to identify tracks, and we occasionally get silly with the eyes (she's young; the purpose will be realized one day, lol).