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Kicking Off Tracking Season 2015-2016
The wolverine tracking trip this Saturday had a fantastic outing to Clark Creek area of Mt. Hood. We saw heaps of Douglas squirrel tracks around us all day long. A Douglas squirrel even popped out right in front of the group so we were able to see exactly how the animal's movement and its tracks lined up by investigating the fresh tracks that were left behind. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and great practice.
We had fun at the end of our journey puzzling over these tracks below:
They were all over a large open area that had stalks of grass poking through the snow. Using out tracking and detective skills we concluded that these tracks were from birds hopping along to each of the seed bearing grass stalks. There were areas where the tracks seemingly began and end abruptly suggesting to us that this was where the birds landed and took off.
What a great start to the tracking season. It will be fun to see what other experiences the tracking groups have this season. Stay tuned!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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