Friday, January 23, 2015

A Naturalist's Thoughts on Animal Tracks in Winter

Winter, in the northern hemisphere, can be a hard time of year to spot mammals. Many are hibernating now or have significantly slowed their activities due to the cold. But fresh snowfall can lead to animal tracks, which is a fun way to study animals in winter. The following animals (and their tracks) are commonly found in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. My thanks to vastateparksstaff for posting - and sharing - these great pictures online via Flickr (cc by 2.0). Note the use of a ruler - it's really helpful when trying to gauge the size of a print.

 White-tailed deer tracks
White-tailed deer tracks sometimes look like little hearts!

 Eastern Gray Squirrel tracks
This squirrel was running so fast that its front feet appear behind its hind feet!

HM Winter Visitors
Raccoon tracks

The text of this entry was first posted at the Audubon Naturalist Society. Come visit Woodend!

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