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By Luke Lamar
Conservation Director, Swan Valley Connections 

The value of animal tracks and sign skills


November 29, 2018

Luke Lamar, Swan Valley Connections

Lynx tracks in the snow.

There is an incredible array of animal tracks and sign to be discovered in nature. Some are obvious and some are very subtle. Footprints, droppings, scrapes on trees and foraging sign are just a few things that can provide clues about an animal species' presence and how it uses a given area. Learning and honing animal tracks and sign skills is an art that challenges the human sensory system and requires no technology.

Tracks can be found any time of the year on many substrates (snow, dust, sand, mud, etc). You can learn an incredible amount about a place by observing tracks and sign. A dee...

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Reader Comments(1)

brent writes:

Good job Luke!!! So much can be learned from observation wildlife behavior, and the signs they leave behind... We are lucky to have SVC in the Swan Valley...keep up the great work!!!


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