Archive for November, 2014


The moose with goofy “elk” antlers. Never seen anything like this.


Here’s the front foot of a skunk that one of our mountain lions killed.


Tracks of a gray jay. Not much detail but all jays have very narrow feet and steller’s jays are slightly longer.


Here is a steller’s jay track. They are a little over 2″ long.


I’m excited for another season of snow tracking. I wish we hadn’t trampled everything but there are two animals moving up the middle of the picture. On the left is a coyote and on the right is a marten. Snow tracking forces the tracker to focus more on gaits and stride length than just details of a clear track. Here the marten is bounding, making a pattern very similar to the trotting coyote but the distance between the tracks is too long to be a trotting coyote.


The vigorous territorial marking of a red squirrel on a broken branch.


Nice marten tracks. There are also jumping mice, a coyote and other tracks in the picture.


Here are a few pictures of bears ripping open or turning over logs looking for ants or grubs to eat.

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Look closely for the grizzly tracks and bite mark on the sign that he pulled up out of the ground. As a tracker my favorite skill to practice is “trailing” – following the tracks of animals. Sometimes we loose the trail and spend hours searching for it…


I would love to find out what these grubs are. I’ve been trying to pay more attention to insect sign and found these grubs infesting Rudbeckia spp. A couple weeks later I got to watch a downy woodpecker pecking at the seed heads, trying to get the mystery grubs out.


Here’s what it looked like after the downy got the grub out.


A mystery bone that still haunts me. I think it is a piece of bird vertebrae. It was found in a mountain lion scat so we would love to identify what animal it belongs to. Please let me know if you have ideas.


The next project I’m excited about is a bighorn sheep horn bow. Stay tuned for updates on my progress…

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