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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Crow and Raven(Corvus spp.)
Family: Corvidae (Jays, Magpies, and Crows)
Gait: hop, walk
Form: large claws; long toes
Foot: 4 toes; 1.7 in (4.3 cm) - 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Three toes point forward. The fourth toe that is as long as the others points backwards. The metatarsal pad is present but does not always register.
Scat is a brown and white semiliquid mass with food remains. Large cough pellets can also be found containing seeds, nuts, insect parts, etc.
Bird Guide - Crow and Raven