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Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign Paperback – March 24, 1999
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Sounds like a 5 star review so far, right? Unfortunately, I feel compelled to warn those who live west of the Mississippi that Paul does not discuss some of the West's most noteworthy animals, including mule deer, bighorn sheep (he does discuss Dall sheep), pronghorn, prairie dogs, badgers, and so on. Likewise, Paul does not include domestic cattle, sheep, goats, and horses, although I've discovered that novices can often mistake these for wild ungulates.
Nevertheless, "Tracking and the art of seeing" is a wonderful example of what an outdoor reference can be: a source of both information and inspiration. It deserves an honored place on your shelf, or in your pack!
Each chapter is comprised of short articles about the specifics of tracking the individual animals that make up the family covered in the chapter. Rezendes provides a short informative description of the animal with a color photograph. The descriptions cover behavior, range, and diet. Rezendes also includes black and white photos of the animal's feet, both front and back. The next section of the article covers tracks and trail patterns, and it includes illustrations or diagrams, photographs, and typical trail width and stride measurements, as well as a lot of information to help you sort out this critter's tracks from all the others out there. He also includes short sections on signs, such as dens, food caches, kill sites, and scat, also with photographs or illustrations.
I purchased this book after moving out into the country because I wanted to identify the critters that visited at night leaving their tracks in the snow around our house. I found Rezendes' approach captivating and easy to understand, even as a beginner. Rezendes explains how tracks can tell us much more than just the identity of an animal- -through a careful study of tracks, you can determine how fast the animal was moving, whether it was browsing, being chased, or chasing another. This book is a highly informative reference; it's also a delightful read on a blustery winter afternoon.
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"Tracking and the Art of Seeing" how cute. This boy probably wears a special tracking and seeing costume. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roberta/Mary
Wonderful reference. Nice layout and well researched. Too heavy for the field but very good for the office/home reference. Too bad it's only in imperial measurements (i.e. Read morePublished 6 months ago by QUENTIN VANGINHOVEN
Great book. It helps you identify scat and paw prints in backyard and in the wild. It also helps you understand behavior of wild animals.Published 7 months ago by Steve Derne
This book is very well done. Excellent pictures, excellent descriptions, it's just excellent all around.Published 8 months ago by John Harss
A superb guide to animal sign in the wilderness. The book does a great job of covering diverse animal behavior as well as the resulting tracks and other marks made by animal... Read morePublished 8 months ago by HodgeL
Well written with a lot of detail. A good combination of pictures, drawings, and written description.Published 11 months ago by Walks with Chickens