Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Getting "on track" for the New Year

Today we took the family out to the High Desert Museum for their "Winter Wildlife Day." The highlight of our trip was a tracking class presented by the "Coyote Trails"(check them out at http://www.coyotetrails.org/ ) After a 20 min. presentation on how to identify what animal had left a trail based on a track, it's stride and gait we headed out in the woods to identify. The tracker guides were amazing and passionate about what they do... they were careful not to tell us the answer, but help us figure out who had left the track by asking us more questions (which at times was very frustrating) . We ended up out tracking for over an hour and it was very interesting. I think this would be a very intriguing hobby. It is solving a mystery everytime! I love my "granola" Bend! (Apparently there used to be a Bend Tracking club, but quit because of lack of participation, but the guy today seemed to think it was starting up again in a month or so, anyone interested? It's at Shevlin park on Saturday mornings)

Try and guess a couple of the tracks below (they're easy, I didn't get pics of the tough ones)

Track A
What kind of track is this?
Showing us the trail- Ethan was very much into this stuff!


Track B

What is it?

4 comments:

hsjacobus said...

I'm going to be really bad at this but I'll hazard a guess anyway.....A: Elk? B: Cat or Cyote hmmm I think I can see claw marks so I'll say Cyote.

Brad said...

A) Rabbit?
B) Coyote?

Christie said...

Deer
Coyote
rabbit

Christie said...

oh, never mind my "c" i just made that one up