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Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America by James C. Halfpenny

By James C. Halfpenny

Animal tracks within the snow of the mountain wooded area, within the dust alongside a streambank, or within the sand of the wilderness are even more than footprints. James Halfpenny’s box consultant will let the character lover to meet his or her interest via picking out the animal that left the prints. yet identity is just the start of a attention-grabbing task: interpretation is the profitable aim of this booklet. With it somebody could be a nature detective, capable of reconstruct the habit of mammals from mice to moose. Tracks inform tales and the consumer of this publication can learn them. in accordance with box examine, a lot of it the author’s personal, the booklet brings the novice naturalist the newest info on animal gaits and the translation of scat.

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The species is generally recognized as the level at which usual interbreeding stops. For example, three members of the Genus Canis are the coyote (Canis latrans), the domestic dog (Canis familiaris), and the wolf (Canis lupus). Under most non-human controlled situations these species rarely interbreed. We can refer to mammals by either their common name or their scientific name. Scientific names have the advantage of being recognized worldwide, but they are not generally used by most people. In this text, I will refer to mammals by their common names; Latin names are listed in the index.

STAGE SETTING When you find a set of tracks, think for a minute about the stage on which your story is about to unfold. Geographic location may limit the possible species with which you are working. Habitat also serves to limit possible species.

This guide is designed to do much more. Its purpose is not simply to identify specific tracks but to allow the user to understand the actions and behaviors recorded in the tracks and recorded by other clues. This is a field guide to tracking, not just track identification. It is designed to help you develop skills in interpreting the information left by mammals and to give you, the tracker, a glimpse into the secret lives of wild mammals. Excellent field guides to track identification exist. As an additional reference, I recommend Olaus Murie's A Field Guide to Animal Tracks, and certainly the works of Ernest Thompson Seton will also make valuable additions to your book shelves.

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