This guide initially displays common tracks of all shapes. Use the selectors below to view particular shapes, include rare species, or search by name.
Anything that moves over the ground leaves some sort of marking of its passage. In particular, footprints left behind in soil, snow, mud, or other ground surfaces provide a means of recognizing different species. The illustrations and characteristics listed below highlight key features that can be used to identify the tracks of many of the animals in the area.
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Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
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Duck and Goose(Anas, Branta, Bucephala, Mergus spp.)
Family: Anatidae (Ducks and Geese)
Form: small claws; long toes
Foot: 3 toes; 1.5 in (3.8 cm) - 4.0 in (10.2 cm)
The webbing on the feet is usually visible in the track. The size of the track varies by species.
Droppings are tubular in shape, often over 3 in (7.6 cm) long and greenish when fresh.
Bird Guide - Duck and Goose