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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 104)
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520271092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520271098
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This beautifully illustrated field guide, the first devoted to the tracks and signs of California animals—including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like spiders and beetles—blends meticulous science with field experience to provide an engaging companion for both armchair exploration and easy field identification. Filled with useful tools for the wildlife expert, and essential background and visual aids for the novice, including in-depth information about the ecology of each species, this book goes beyond basic recognition of types to interpret what animals leave behind as a way of "seeing" how they move through the world. California naturalists will want this book!”
(Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report/The Guardian 2012-07-01)

“This is the type of book you can dip into at any page and find fascinating tidbits.”
(Sacramento Bee 2012-10-07)

“It’s a must-have book for those interested in the natural world around them.”
(Michael Raffety Mountain Democrat 2012-09-24)

“A valuable resource for anyone interested in being better able to interpret their natural surroundings.”
(Bob Welch Salinas Californian 2013-01-05)

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“Outstanding. This is a brilliant work by the best in the field. Watching a great tracker at work can feel like watching a magician, but this book demystifies the process and inspires the reader to begin to look closer and open the world of tracking.”—John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada

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Very easy guide to use to look up prints.
RAD
I would recommend this book to new or experienced trackers.
K8tyCA
For that alone, I give this book the highest rating.
Kim Cabrera

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cabrera on January 19, 2013
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Formula for an excellent tracking book: take two experienced biologists/trackers, and a tracker that is an artist, and put them together on the task. The end result will look like this book. As a tracker and lifetime student of the art, I have read most of the books that have been written on the subject, as have most of the trackers I know. We tend to voraciously devour anything that is published on our favorite subject matter. If I had to list my top three tracking books of all time, this one would be up there with Murie's classic and Elbroch's mammal tracks book. What makes this one so good?

To begin, this one is the first book that really got it right. If you have studied human anatomy, or ever taken an EMT course, then you probably learned the bones of the hands and feet: the carpals, metacarpals and phalanges in the hands; and the tarsals, metatarsals and phalanges in the feet. Now, if you look at the tracking books out there, you will notice that the foot structures that make up the hind track pads have consistently been called metacarpals. In this book, for the first time, we see that they are actually the metatarsals. For that alone, I give this book the highest rating. Two big thumbs (phalanges or toe #1) up and five stars to the authors for correcting that! It certainly reflects positively on the rapidly increasing knowledge in the tracking community.

The second thing that really impressed me about this book is the quality of the illustrations. The excellent drawings by Mike Kresky illustrate the points in the book and give the reader a chance to study the feet of animals that we are not likely to see often, if at all. Included with each drawing are labels that point out important characteristics of the feet that will help with track identification in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K8tyCA on August 18, 2013
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This guide provides photos of animal feet and their track imprint on the ground. This is a great way to understand HOW a track is made. It has most species you will encounter in southern/central California...and likely in other parts of the state...but I've just used the book in central CA. Its well organized and has color coding at page corners for reference. It fits in my fanny pack but not small enough to fit in my cargo pants pocket. I would recommend this book to new or experienced trackers.

How about a digital version of this book! Would make a great iphone app.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAD on December 23, 2012
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Very easy guide to use to look up prints. Easy to use to indentify prints. I use it all the time.
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NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, from fishers to black bears. He works for Panthera and lives in Wyoming where he runs the Teton Cougar Project. He is a contributor to http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/author/melbroch/ and maintains the website http://wildlifetrackers.com/.

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