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Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species Paperback – August 1, 2003
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The tracking world has once again gained a great resource in the new book by Mark Elbroch. "Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species" fills a gap in the availability of good quality photographic guides to tracks and sign. This is a book for the serious tracker! At 784 pages, it is the most complete guide available today on the subject. The tracking world has long awaited a book to rival Olaus Murie's "A Field Guide to Animal Tracks," which has been the field standard for years. Elbroch's book covers some new ground, bringing together coverage of subjects that previously were found only in specialized, and not widely available, publications. These include: mammal remains, a large section of sign on vegetation, identification of kills, burrows/beds/lays/nests, and a big photographic section on scat and other secretions. The very complete section on gaits will help you identify those difficult trails. Photos, drawings, measurements, and range maps are included for each species. Throughout the text are sidebars with tips to distinguish between easily confused species. This is especially useful if you have ever found yourself struggling with an identification in the field. The appendices list other tracking resources for further study, including schools, books, web sites, tracking teachers, and more.
The book is a little heavy to tote into the field, but it offers so much information that it may be prudent to buy two; one to haul into the field and bang around, and one to keep at home for reference. Its weight is compensated for by the fact that it has information you would find in many different field guides all in one book, so you can leave the others at home and bring this one along.Read more ›
Its hard to pin down what I most enjoy about this guide but I think it would come down to two things: First, the explanation of how to interpret tracks. The first 80 or so pages I think will really get a novice started on understanding how a track is left and how to interpret them. Second, the book is broken into sections. The bigger portion of the book contains track information but also in separate sections you get detailed information on beds/denning/nesting, scat/urine, feeding signs, etc...Read more ›
We own every tracking book there is here and this and Elbroch's "Bird Sign" are our favorites. They are a little bit more pricy than other track/sign books, but well worth the cost.
I have been tracking for many years, and have been likewise teaching the Art & Science of Tracking to secondary school students for the past 12 years, and find this book to be the best possible tool that I could ever imagine having. In a time where education is being called upon to inculcate a new awareness of life into the curriculum, and to generate a new sense of hope and purpose in our collective vision for the future, this book is a blessing. Science, rather then the dry and detached technological view that many experience it as, can become the most wonderful tool for exploring the magic and mystery that life constantly holds for us. We need only break out of old patterns of thought, and explore new territory. Tracking, as an Art and Science, has accomplished this for me as an educator, and has been a catylist for many of the students that I am responsible for in terms of preparing them to be aware, outwardly as well as inwardly. Mark Elboch's "Mammal Tracks & Sign" is a must have for all those working in the field, and the "BOOK" for any educator (elementary through PhD) who wants to push their own art of bringing the world to life for their students. Buy this book, and head for the woods!!!
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This book has everything that you'd ever want to know about mammal tracks in North America. There's all type of pictures that help to illustrate what the author is saying. Read morePublished 21 days ago by mdwright
Covers all the main mammals very well! I bought this to supplement my Mammalogy class at university. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of great information! Little hard to quick find things in the field due to organization...but great book!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The main drawback of this book is that the order is extremely inefficient for quick reference. If you wanted to look up information on a striped skunk for example you would have to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kelsey
this book is nice and has really nice pictures and has great information. After reading this book I finally figured out that it was my neighbor's dog s******* on my lawn all alongPublished 11 months ago by Kevin Lindsay
This book is THE definitive guide. Chapters are arranged by teaching type (tracks, scat, scratches, rubs etc). Read morePublished 12 months ago by sobadola