A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast

A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast

by Linda J. Spielman


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A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast by Linda J. Spielman

The ultimate resource for mammal trackers
As more people come to value the natural world and venture into wildlife areas, a reference to help identify the animals who call these places home has never been more useful. A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast gives you all the details necessary for following animals large and small—from chipmunks and woodchucks to bobcats and black bears. Meticulously drawn illustrations and informative discussions provide the user with an array of tools for identification unmatched in any other tracking book.
This guide also includes thorough discussions of distinguishing features, illustrations of scat, notes on other signs and habitat, measurements for tracks and gaits, and diagrams of characteristic gaits. Lightweight, portable, and comprehensive, this book is an ideal tool for trackers at all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682680643
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 782,228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Linda Spielman is an environmental educator and leading expert in animal tracking, having studied it for more than 25 years. She coordinates the Ithaca chapter of Keeping Track, Inc. and leads the Ithaca Tracking Club, conducting tracking workshops and outings for trackers of all skill levels. She lives with her partner and dog in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Insectivores 29

Northern Short-Tailed, Smoky, Masked Shrew 29

2 Canines 35

Domestic Dog 35

Eastern Coyote 39

Red Fox 43

Gray Fox 49

3 Felines 55

Mouse Cat 55

Bobcat 59

4 Mustelids 65

Fisher 65

American Marten 69

Short-Tailed, Long-Tailed Weasel 73

Mink 77

River Otter 81

5 Bear, Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk 87

Black Bear 87

Raccoon 93

Opossum 96

Striped Skunk 99

6 Ungulates 105

White-Tailed Deer 105

Moose 111

7 Rodents 115

Eastern Chipmunk 115

Woodchuck 121

Gray Squirrel 125

Red Squirrel 128

Northern, Southern Flying Squirrel 132

North American Beaver 137

Marsh Rice Rat 140

White-Footed, Deer Mouse 143

Meadow, Southern Red-Backed Vole 147

Muskrat 150

Norway Rat 154

Meadow, Woodland Jumping Mouse 157

North American Porcupine 161

8 Lagomorphs 167

Cottontail Rabbit 167

Snowshoe Hare 173

Glossary 179

Acknowledgments 185

Additional Resources 186

Index 187

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