Cascadia Wildlife Blog
News from the Wolverine Tracking Project and more
We had another great tracking outing this past weekend to Clark Creek. A small amount of snow fell in the early hours of the morning, so the tracking conditions were pretty good, despite rain that was falling on and off during the day while the team was out. The animals that walked on the fresh snow left very clear tracks.
Today was a great opportunity for our group to get a good look at fresh tracks in the snow, and as with several trips lately, do some coyote trailing. They followed the Coyote trail for quite awhile, through many changes in its trail pattern. They were able to have discussion about what behaviors or motivations might have caused the animal to move in various ways they were seeing as they tracked the Coyote. Eventually, the fleet-of-foot coyote made a jump across a creek, and our wise trackers abandoned the trail rather than risk any leaps of faith weighed down with their day packs and snowshoes. They did document a few particularly good Coyote tracks, like this very clear front/rear double register -- the glove is for scale.
The team also saw snowshoe hare tracks, Douglas squirrel tracks, and mouse tracks; which are a tiny treat to find in fresh snow. Additionally, they found some great bird tracks, which they identified as most likely raven, and some very aged mystery tracks that started some fun hypothesizing.
We hope to see you all out on the mountain soon! There are only three trips left this season, and all of them have space for more trackers, so grab your chance to squeeze in one more snowy trip to the mountain this season on the sign-up page!