Trailing Wildlife is divided into four parts, based on the student’s ability: Introductory (the Trailing section of this website), Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The Introductory section provides a taste of the overall curriculum and helps you to locate a trailing site. The Beginner section is about learning the basics of following trails. The Intermediate section is about learning the basics of assessing a trail's age. The Advanced section is about learning when and how to approach so that you can see the animal.
By the end of the Introductory section of Trailing Wildlife, you should:
By the end of the Beginner section of Trailing Wildlife, you should:
Black bear scat.
Bobcat and raccoon tracks on a riverbank.
White-tailed deer antler rub.
White-tailed deer scat.
White-tailed deer track in Beech leaves.
Moose track in moss.
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By the end of the Intermediate section, you should additionally:
Two Gray Fox tracks, the more recent at right.
Two white-tailed deer tracks, the more recent at left.
A black bear stood and rubbed its back on this tree.
Bobcat sit spot showing 4 tracks and hind heels.
Tracks of a Coyote in its natural rhythm.
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By the end of the Advanced section, you should additionally:
Black bear bed on a broken spruce sapling.
Tracks of Bobcat mother and kitten on a riverbank.
Bobcat scrape and scent post.
White-tailed deer feeding sign on acorns.
White-tailed deer track.
A black bear in its den.
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