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"The Scats and Tracks series offers an excellent starting point for the curious."
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From the Back Cover

Was that track on the trail left by a dog or a coyote? A caribou or a moose? A white-tailed deer or a peccary, perhaps? Was that pile of droppings deposited by a bobcat or a fox? Covering nearly 150 of the continent’s most common or characteristic species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians north of Mexico, Scats and Tracks of North America helps you determine just what has passed your way and could still be nearby.
Look inside to find:
• Easy-reference descriptions with precise measurements and detailed illustrations of scats, tracks, and
gait patterns
• An identification key and a glossary of tracking terms
• Thorough instructions for documenting your finds
• Rare species of particular interest, such as the jaguarondi and the polar bear
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Product Details

  • Series: Scats and Tracks Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 1st edition (October 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762748427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762748426
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jim is an author, scientist, educator whose interest in COLD (altitudinal, latitudinal, and seasonal) has taken him to all seven continents and Greenland. Jim's specialities include environmental ecology, animal tracking, and carnivores; his greatest academic love, bears, led to over 20 years studying black, grizzly and polar bears. He also works with wolverine, lynx, cougar and wolves.

Jim has written over 25 books and videos including some of his latest, Yellowstone Bears in the Wild, Track Plates for Mammals, and Tracking wolves: The Basics. He led the American East Greenland expeditions in 1975 and 1976 and is a Fellow of the Explorer's Club and received the Antarctic Service medal. Jim is past Chairman of the Board of Directors, senior instructor, and administrative liason officer of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Currently Jim is President of A Naturalist's World, an ecological education company. A past Research Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Jim was Director of the Mountain Research Station and the Long-Term Ecological Research program in the Alpine. He is listed in Who's Who in the World 1989-1993, Who's Who in Emerging Leaders 1989-1996, Who's Who in Western America 1987-1997 and Who's Who In Science. A Vietnam veteran, Jim received the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V" and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm.

Jim received his Ph.D. in 1980 in Biology, Ecology, & Mammalogy from the University of Colorado. His B.S. in 1969 and M.S. in 1970 both in Botany & Ecology from the University of Wyoming. At the University of Wyoming, Jim was President of Wyoming Mountain Resuce and the Outing Club, on the President's Academic Honor Roll, University of Wyoming and a four-year letterman in diving, swimming and water polo.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fun Life on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has excellent drawings of tracks, scats, bird pellets and sometimes nests. Each entry has a map of North America showing the range of the subject.

While some field books on tracking cover just animals this book covers invertebrates, amphibians (frogs included) birds, marsupials, Insectivores and many others.

Each entry takes two facing pages which provide a nice drawing of the subject on the left side and drawings of the track and often scat and nests on the right side.

Each entry follows the same format:

1. A description, beside the drawing of the subject.

2. Track.

3. Trail.

4. Scat.

5. Habitat.

6. Similar species.

7. Other sign.

If you are looking for a book that tells you about the habits and / or life style of the subject this is not the book to fill that need.

Combined with Animal Tracking Basics which does an excellent job of covering the "how to" of tracking a better introduction the the basics of tracking would be hard to find.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Koi Junkie on December 10, 2010
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This is a terrific book for kids to carry in a pack while hiking. It is pocket sized and covers not only mammals but also reptiles, amphibians and birds. There are drawings of the animals, tracks and track patterns and a distribution map. For adults who want a more extensive guide, try Mammal Tracks and Sign by Mark Elbroch or Tracking and the Art of Seeing by Paul Rezendes.

My only complaint is that seven pages in the middle of the book are blank or only partially printed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Boyea on February 17, 2011
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This is a valuable book for beginners. It should be used more as a classroom textbook than as an in the field guide. The key to the tracks is good but inconviently located in the book. Although there is a page showing shapes of scat, It is not a key.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JC in Austin on February 6, 2010
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If you don't mind doing a little thumbing through pages each time you want to identify specific tracks or scat you've come across, this book is pretty good and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ta Paul on April 25, 2013
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covers gait, and other more complex bits. good coverage of North American animals.

kindle version is good, includes all relevant info about each animal, including tracks, gait, habitat, scat and habits
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Duck on December 3, 2012
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This book is a helpful resource book but wish it had more variety and more photos of actual tracks and scat. I used it to determine what type of critter I was dealing with who had set up housekeeping in a wood shed. The book enabled me to narrow it down to a weasel and rule out a fischer cat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J Woods on March 6, 2014
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Great information but not organized in a handy way. Not a very good field guide but an okay reference guide when you have the time to leaf through it to find what you're looking for.
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