Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast

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Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast is a field guide for identifying the tracks of mammal species native to the region which extends from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. Simple to use and light and easy to carry in the field, the book contains the most important information that a tracker will need—including life-size illustrations of tracks and scat, gait patterns, trail width, species habitat, food sources, scat and urine information, breeding seasons, range maps, and special ...

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Overview

Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast is a field guide for identifying the tracks of mammal species native to the region which extends from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. Simple to use and light and easy to carry in the field, the book contains the most important information that a tracker will need—including life-size illustrations of tracks and scat, gait patterns, trail width, species habitat, food sources, scat and urine information, breeding seasons, range maps, and special tracking tips for all thirty-seven species. A unique dichotomous key devised by the author allows trackers to identify even the most confusing track through a process of elimination. The charming, highly detailed, and to-scale pencil illustrations are indispensable aids to accurate identification. Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast is an artistic and accurately rendered guide suitable for professional trackers, naturalists and wildlife professionals, outdoor educators, hunters, and amateurs alike.

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“Though intended for the layperson rather a hard-core ichnologist, this book is a nifty little tool to carry in the field, to pass the time identifying traces produced by bear, skunk, deer, opossum, beaver or raccoon in any substrate, in summer or in winter. This is also a text in which ichnologists can reevaluate the approach to identification of trace fossils and reconsider who forms the audience ichnologists are trying to reach. Perhaps a lesson can be learned from MTSN because the audience Gibbons will reach includes anyone interested in learning about mammals and tracking in general. As ichnologists our audience should be every discipline outside our own, encouraging others to use ichnology to understand better paleoenvironments, paleoecological relationships, or paleohydrologic and paleoclimatic settings in which trace fossils were constructed.”—Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces
KLIATT
Diane Gibbons is a naturalist and tracker whose field guide is filled with detailed pencil drawings of 36 mammal tracks. Each animal is accompanied by its overall track, front track, rear track, trail width, habitat, food, scat, breeding, and walking pattern. Maps show habitats and clues give users hints about what to look for. For example, cottontail clues say to "Look for 'forms,' which are shallow depressions in the ground in thickets and brushy areas where the rabbits sleep and nest. They will use woodchuck dens in the ground for shelter in winter but do not dig deep holes. Also look for 45-degree cuts on blueberry bushes and other small shrubs, and debarking on fruit trees. Cottontails use obvious trails in shrubs and grasses and make dust bath depressions about a foot in diameter." Mammals include the opossum, shrew, hare, chipmunk, squirrel, beaver, mouse, vole, muskrat, rat, porcupine, dog, gray wolf, coyote, fox, black bear, raccoon, weasel, mink, marten, fisher, otter, skunk, housecat, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. The introduction is a must-read, as it includes a detailed key and manual for tracking. Measurements are given in both inches and centimeters. The drawings of prints are to scale. An excellent field guide for the serious tracker. KLIATT Codes: JSA-Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Univ. Press of New England, 137p. illus. maps. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Janet Julian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584652427
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 775,356
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANE K. GIBBONS is an accomplished naturalist and illustrator and has spent over twelve years studying wildlife tracking with some of the best trackers in the United States. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School. Diane leads workshops in tracking, wilderness skills and nature awareness, and lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband Paul and their four dogs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Method of Deivising the Key and Manual 3

Using the Key 4

Definitions of Terms 5

Gaits and Corresponding Track Patterns 7

A Key to the Mammal Tracks of the Northeast 11

Compression Shapes 15

MAMMALS OF THE NORTHEAST

FAMILY SPECIES
Didelphidae Virginia Opossum 18
Soricidae Shrews 20
Leporidae Cottontail, Eastern and New England 22
Snowshoe Hare 24
Sciuridae Eastern Chipmunk 26
Woodchuck 28
Gray Squirrel 30
Red Squirrel 32
Flying Squirrel, Northern and Southern 34
Castoridae Beaver 36
Muridae Deer Mouse and White-Footed Mouse 40
Voles 42
Muskrat 44
Murinae Norway Rat 46
Zapodidae Meadow Jumping Mouse and Woodland Jumping Mouse 48
Erethizontidae Porcupine 50
Canidae Domestic Dog 52
Gray Wolf 54
Coyote 58
Red Fox 60
Gray Fox 64
Ursidae Black Bear 66
Procyonidae Raccoon 70
Mustelidae Weasels, Long-tailed, Short-tailed, and Least 72
Mink 74
Marten 76
Fisher 80
River Otter 82
Mephitidae Striped Skunk 86
Felidae Housecat 88
Bobcat 90
Lynx 92
Mountain Lion 96
Cervidae White-Tailed Deer 100
Elk or Wapiti 104
Moose 106

Comparison Pages 109

Breeding Seasons in the Northeast 128

Notes 131

Bibliography 133

Index 135

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2010

    Easy, fast tracking field guide on tracks left by Northeast mammals on ground and trees

    Easy reading and informative.

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