The snow levels stayed higher than our intrepid volunteers, though, and they had difficult conditions for tracking, as this picture illustrates well:
This tracking team kept eyes and minds open, though, and found squirrel and snowshoe hare tracks, as well as both coyote and domestic dog tracks. They didn't let some wet snow stop them from getting their noses in some tracks!
For those looking to read up on the differences, this blog post from a New England naturalist talks about distinguishing trail patterns of coyotes and dogs, and this PDF cheat sheet from Wild Aware Utah gives a quick overview the differences between the canine species we might encounter here in Oregon, too. Of course, the best way to learn the differences is careful observation and practice! That is, keep on tracking.
We're still sorting through the most recent batches of camera pictures back at the office, but that is one advantage to our camera project: even when we don't get the whole picture, as in this shot from Pocket Creek, it's pretty darn easy to tell a coyote when we see one.
Thanks for reading the Winter Weekly, and here's hoping you have a chance to get up there to some of that snow yourself in the last few weeks of the season!