The Topic: 
Animal Tracks

Easier - An animal track is a mark left by a moving animal. You can find the path, route, or course of the animal by examining its track.
 
Harder - Tracking is a technique that scientists and hunters use to find and follow animals. Most people think of following the footprints of an animal, but there are other ways to track animals. For example, you can examine their "scat" or "droppings," look for scratches in the bark of trees or ground, or look for their dens.
 
 
Beartrackers' Den 
http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/7076/
Here you find information on animals and their tracks and links to other tracking sites.
Sections Within Beartrackers' Den:
2) Tracking and Trailing Tips http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/7076/tips.html
3) Beartracker's Animal Tracks Guide http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/7076/guide.html
4) Animal Tracks-Mammals http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/7076/mammals.html
5) Animal Scat http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/7076/animalscat.html
 
Identifying and Preserving Wildlife Tracks by J. C. Boren & B. D. Wright (New Mexico State University
http://cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_circulars/circ561.html
Wild animals can be difficult to detect because of their instinctive behavior to avoid humans. However, the presence of wild animals often can be determined by their tracks in snow, sand, or soft mud.
 
Tracking and Stalking North American Wildlife (The Virtual Cub Scout Leader's Handbook
http://www.geocities.com./Yosemite/9152/wildlife.html
This website provides tips on tracking, identifying the "quarry", and stalking it. Also included are tips on safety around wildlife, animal track images, wildlife data, and when possible, sound files.
 
Whose Track Is That? (Ranger Rick® Activity Page, National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/kids/trackMatch.cfm
Want to become a nature detective? Learn to read animal tracks to figure out what kind of animals passed by-and maybe even what they were up to! Here are some clues to help you.
Related Websites:
2) Animal Tracking http://expage.com/gotracking
 
Choose a project and use the links below to solve the problem or create a project.
 
Track Quiz. Try the Mammal Tracks Quiz, and the Animal Tracks Quiz. Try making your own track game using animals that could be found in your area.
 
Animal Track Board. Create a bulletin board showing animals and their tracks. Print out animal tracks from the Beartrackers' Den.
 
Invent An Animal. Invent an animal and create the footprint. Can classmates identify the characteristics of the animal from the footprint?
 
Collect Tracks. Take a hike along a neighborhood stream or lake. Search along the water's edge for animal tracks. Take measurements and sketch your own drawings of the tracks that you find. See if you can identify the animals that made each track. You may even want to make a plaster cast track collection; procedures can be found at Animal Tracks, Animal Tracks, Casting Animal Tracks, and Collecting Animal Tracks from the Nova Scotia Museum. Another excellent way to collect animal tracks is with a digital camera. Get out there, find some animal tracks!
 
Keep An Animal Tracks Journal. Start you own journal of animal tracking information. Include drawings or photographs of each set of tracks that you find and identify. Include track measurements and describe the location, features, and clues related to each track.
 
Complete An Animal Tracking WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at the following webQuest site:
WebQuest for J. Arnosky's story 'Crinkleroot's Animal Tracking' by J. York (Grade 3)
http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT2000_wq/2-5/yorkl/default.htm
 
A Few More
Animal Tracking & Cryptid Track Identification
http://www.cryptozoology.com/tracks/trackshome.asp
Here you can learn about the basic and advanced techniques in animal tracking and track identification.
 
Animal Tracks (Nature's Corner at Hopkins School District 270) 
http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us/Pages/District/NatCor/Collections/AnimalTracks/index.htm
Here are a few photographs of wildlife tracks in the snow. Click on each for a closer view.
 
Animal Tracks
http://www.eosc.osshe.edu/~twelch/lessons/collecting/animaltracks.html
This brief website gives clear, concise directions for making plaster casts of animal tracks.
 
Animal Tracks of Humboldt County
http://www.humboldt.net/~tracker/index.html
This is a guide to the common animal tracks found on California's North coast (and elsewhere).
Similar Websites:
2) Learn about Tracking Animals (Kid's Corner at Torey Pines State Reserve) http://www.torreypine.org/tpkids.htm
3) Whose tracks? Animal Tracks Quiz http://www.parkhere.org/kidstrk3.htm
 
Automated Animal Tracking System
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/starkey/tracking.html
Learn how automated radio telemetry systems are use in long-term studies of elk, deer, and cattle in managed forests.
Related Article:
2) High Tech Animal Tracking by M. Dunbar
http://www.arabianwildlife.com/archive/vol2.1/track.htm
 
Casting Tracks
http://www.parkhere.org/kidstrk2.htm
Scientists who observe animals in the wild study tracks all the time. These biologists often make plaster casts of tracks they find in the wild. Learn how to cast your own animal tracks.
  
Follow that Footprint, Paw Print, Hoof print ... 
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/nature/track.htm
By looking carefully at animal tracks you can learn more about their comings and their goings too.
Related Website:
2) Animal Tracking Adventures http://www.ducks.ca/ohmic/english/Feature/atrack.html
 
National Wildlife Federation Animal Tracks
http://www.nwf.org/kids/trackMatch.cfm
Try the track matching game.
More Tracking information:
1) Cure for Cabin Fever- Animal Tracking
http://www.gorp.com/gorp/publishers/fulcrum/winter_cure7.htm
2) Animal Insight Starts with the Pawprint (BioWeb at Saunders College Publishing) http://www.harcourtcollege.com/lifesci/bioweb/depts/process/mar99.html
3) Tracking and Track Identification http://troop608.pen.net/newsviews/tracking.htm
4) Learning to Read Animal Tracks, Michael Carter (Fur-Fish-Game, December 1993)
http://www.netside.com/~lcoble/dir9/antrack.txt
5) Animal Tracking http://www.wildnetafrica.co.za/wildlifestuff/juniorpage/spoor/spoor.html
 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
http://www.r6.fws.gov/alamosanwr/Classroom/Tracks%20Quiz/tracks.htm
Try the track identification quiz. 
 
Wild Animal Tracking by W.J. Prescott
http://forteansociety.tripod.com/tracker1.html
Here is a brief article on animal tracking.
Similar Article:
2) Stalking the Wild Things by B. Girdler
http://www.tomifobia.com/girdler/animal_tracking.html
 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/nature/track.htm
Examine the information resources page and links to activities such as the Tracking Quizzler.
 
Websites for Teachers
Animal Signs - Animal Tracking
http://www.eagle-bluff.org/pages/animalsigns.html
This is a lesson plan outline for animal tracking.
Related Website:
2) Introduction to Animal Tracking http://tcska.org/BITA/bio/intro.html
 
Animal Tracking (Grades K-5)
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/inventorsandinventions1/animaltracking/index.html
Here is a brief lesson plan on animal tracking that involves observation and journal writing.
 
Animal Tracking by D. Anastasio
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/parents/activity/article/0,4117,14966,00.html
What animal prints can you find in this outdoor activity?
 
Animal Tracks
http://www.lite.iwarp.com/bltgr1.htm#1tracks
Here is a sample lesson plan for integrating reading and learning about animal tracks.
 
Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Tracking by Rick Curtis
http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/nature/tracking.shtml
The information in this workshop is taken from notes of a course at Tom Brown's Tracking School in New Jersey, in a course taught by John Stokes of The Tracking Project, and from personal tracking experience.
Alternate Location:
2) Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Tracking
http://www.icomm.ca/survival/140-tips.don/tracking.htm
 
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scat
droppings
footprints
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claws
trail
den
tracker
scent marking
paw print
toe digs
toes
hoof
animal
bird
hind feet
stalking
signature track
downwind
sign
stride
scuff marks
front feet
snow
fore print
hind print
pattern
bound
gallop
hop
size
trot
alternating
dewclaws
register
straddle
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length
width
creatures of the night
variation
 
 
 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, Updated by Nancy Smith, 1/02.