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We had an awesome eval in southern Maine (the first ever in White Pine Programs’ backyard) led by George Leoniak and Mark Elbroch.  I learned a ton and got to see some tracks I had never seen before.  I squeaked in on my second Gauntlet but missed the second question – washed out Ring-billed Gull tracks.  I called them black-bellied plover which were common in this area but I should have paid more attention to the trail width which didn’t fit for plover.  Ended up with a 99.9.  Oh well.  It was great to see old friends and spend a week in prime New England fall colors.  Here are some pictures.

Herring gull eating a crab. Question was: what made this mark? Answer: crab shell (can you see it?)

Gauntlet question that I missed - Ring billed gull tracks.

Raccons eating the flying squirrel that was accidentally left outside.

Southern Flying squirrel feet. Check out how the pinky toe is right in line with toes 2 through 4. This is a recently discovered distinctive trait of flying squirrels.

Herring Gull scat

Periwinkle trail

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Well we are back from an incredible week of tracking with some of the best trackers in the world in California’s Los Padres National Forest.  You may have never heard of Dave Moskowitz, Brian McConnell, Jonah Evans, Nate Harvey or Mark Elbroch but they are the superstars of the tracking world and it is a real treat to get to spend time with them.  Congratulations to Barry Martin for earning his Specialist certificate in track and sign!  He has been working very hard towards this for a number of years and it is well deserved.  I missed two questions (a trotting bobcat that I thought was walking and owl pellets that had been collected by a woodrat) and got four bonuses.  It takes three bonuses to replace a missed question so I ended up with a 99.5%.  When a person is one question away from a 100% they are given a chance to redeem themselves in the “Gauntlet”.  This is ten of the hardest questions Mark Elbroch can find and if you get all ten right, you are awarded the Specialist certificate.  Unfortunately, I missed a set of owl tracks (see pic below).  The next eval is in New England in October so it is time to start studying!

We had some pretty cool questions including Llama tracks, bear fur stuck to a telephone pole, holes from a shotgun blast, a kangaroo rat skull and a human urination spot!  Check out Jonah’s website (naturetracking.com –> Tracker Evaluations —> photos of past evals–> Los Padres NF eval) for more pictures.

Rainbow over our camp ground

Cool Lichen

Beautiful Los Padres National Forest

Dreaded Owl tracks...

Congratulations Barry!

Desert shrew tracks

Snake scat

Llama tracks

Cool clouds

Ice halo

Stilleto fly larvae

Bobcat kitten

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