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A Field Guide to Animal Tracks (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – January 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0395910948 ISBN-10: 0395910943 Edition: Second Edition
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About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.
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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Second Edition edition (January 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395910943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395910948
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
My wife and I have found this guide to be very useful in interpreting the sign left behind by the creatures resident in our northeastern woods, not only tracks but scat as well (with hundreds of detailed drawings of scat it is as much a guide to those leavings as tracks). The extensive behavioral descriptions are equally useful. I am not clear on the basis for the criticisms contained in the other review concerning animal harassment. Dr. Murie was a dedicated conservationist and President of The Wilderness Society after his retirement from the Fish and Wildlife Service and his respect for the creatures he is describing is evident on every page. While he acknowledges that some tracks were obtained from live-trapped animals, it is clear from the book that the overwhelming mass of the data is from direct field observation from a life spent in the outdoors.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jaime R. Castro Cano on January 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
It is a good and comprehensive guide, it has a lot of animal tracks, I found it a good and complete guide, but honestly sometimes I had a lot of difficult tryng to find some kind of tracks that I found.
In my personal opinion I think that this is a very good book for experts on the field but not so good for beginners in animal tracks. And by the way it doesnt have any color illustration, and altough they are not needed I was very familiar with peterson guides and this one is a little different.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Len McDougall on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid running a trapline in northern Michigan, this was the book I carried in my rucksack. Today, more than 35 years later, I've written 2 books of my own on the subject of tracking wildlife, but this book is still on my bookshelf. Olas Murie was a true American pioneer who led the way into an area where no one else had gone before him. He established the first standards, and while modern genetic and other scientific techniques have increased our knowledge of wildlife manifold over what was known in Murie's day, it was he who laid the foundation on which the rest of us build. This book is a must-have for every tracker's library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher R. Smith on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is what a field guide should be, clear, concise, and easy to use. My wife who is just starting to tune in to nature loves it. She was up to speed in 10 minutes and loving it from then on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randall C. Burleson on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you own only one animal track field guide - own this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jjm on July 31, 2013
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The second edition, several years after his death, refines Murie's original work. Contains corrections and updates, most entered by his wife and brother to align the outstanding content with stardards.

Second Edition is the edition to get.
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