This weekend's edition of tracking adventures took our group Little John. This is our second visit to Little John this year. It was quite a soggy day filled with much rainfall but surprisingly, despite the rain, there were a great deal of visible tracks; plenty of Douglas squirrel, snowshoe hare, grouse and even a weasel! The group once again documented no shortage of Douglas squirrels, but saw no tracks of Gray squirrels this time, they are quite a rare sight. This is the second time our teams have seen signs of that ground-dwelling bird this season, how exciting.
Look at that Snowshoe hare bounding! The back toes are quite splayed out! Splayed rear feet help support this Snowshoe hare in deep snow. This is a nice set of tracks and you can really visualize how this hare is moving. I bet all who are going on these tracking outings are becoming quite skilled at spotting Snowshow hare tracks!
It was great that the group was able to find a wealth of tracks in the snow despite the rainy conditions. There are plenty of other animal signs waiting to be discovered all around us, so even if the weather ever ends up not ideal for tracking a keen eye can still spot animals signs. Keep your eyes open in all conditions and you never know what you can find. A keen observer from our weekend group at Little John found these chews on some branches:
Continue to keep your eyes open and let us know what you find. We would love to hear from you and see pictures of anything interesting that you happen to find on your journeys into the wild.