Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains (Second Edition)

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Overview

Winner of the 1999 National Outdoor Books Award! See those animal signs on the trail? Was that footprint left by a fox or a wolf? Was that pile of droppings deposited by a moose, a mouse, or a marten? Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains will help you determine which mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have passed your way and could still be nearby. Clearly written descriptions and illustrations of scats, tracks, and gait patterns will help you recognize seventy Rocky Mountain species. An identification ...
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Overview

Winner of the 1999 National Outdoor Books Award! See those animal signs on the trail? Was that footprint left by a fox or a wolf? Was that pile of droppings deposited by a moose, a mouse, or a marten? Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains will help you determine which mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have passed your way and could still be nearby. Clearly written descriptions and illustrations of scats, tracks, and gait patterns will help you recognize seventy Rocky Mountain species. An identification key, a glossary of tracking terms, and detailed instructions on how to document your finds are also included here. Easy-to-use scat and track measurements appear on each page, making this book especially field friendly and letting you know if a white tailed ptarmigan, a red fox, or even a black bear has been your way. (4 1/4 X 7, 176 pages, illustrations)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762712410
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Scats and Tracks Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 678,083
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

James Halfpenny, Ph.D. was a field director and project coordinator for the Unversity of Colorado's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He is the author of A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America, Yellowstone Wolves: Watcher's Guide and Winter: an Ecological Handbook. He lives in Gardiner, Montana.
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Table of Contents

Introduction v
About tracking vii
Field notes and preserving tracks vii
Scats and bird pellets x
Anatomy and footprint nomenclature xiii
Track measurements xiii
Averages xv
Gaits and trails xv
Trail measurements xix
Glossary of terms xx
How to use Scats and Tracks xxv
Illustrations xxv
How to use the track accounts xxvi
Visual key to tracks xxviii
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
Canids: Wolves and their relatives 2
Felids: Mountain lions and their relatives 10
Lagomorphs: Rabbits and their relatives 16
Procyonids: Raccoons and their relatives 24
Mustelids: Weasels and their relatives 28
Ursids: Bears 46
Rodents 50
Insectivores: Shrews 80
Ungulates: Deer, sheep, and their relatives 82
Avians: Birds 100
Amphibians: Newt, salamanders, toads, and frogs 130
Reptiles: Lizards, turtles, and snakes 138
Selected reading 142
Index 143
About the author 145
About the illustrator 145
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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    A Must Have Field Guide

    I have and give this book to very one I know who hikes and backpacks in Colorado. The simple track drawings are true and the different patterns of tracks very useful. The scat drawings are also true. Any one who spends lots of time in the high country knows environmental conditions must be taken into consideration when identifying tracks and scat. I love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    what a waste.

    This book is a waste of $10. It is made up of pencil drawings (A photo or two, would have been nice) and not that good of drawings either. The illustrator obviously has never seen bear scat. Several of his track drawings leave a lot to be desired. I would like to recommend this pocket guide but, I suggest you keep it in your pocket.

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