We often associate winter with a lack of animal activity and although many critters will cope by hibernating or migrating, there are some animals that stay active during even the coldest days. If animals are able to find sources of food and water and have adaptations that keep them warm, there’s no reason for them to follow their food elsewhere or go into a deep sleep!
In your journal, practice sketching the different tracks and scat you are seeing. If there isn’t snow covering the ground, yet, you can begin to look for tracks in mud or areas where the ground is soft. Animal tracks come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, so keep your eyes peeled for any kind of indents in the ground that look out of the ordinary. Usually, if you are able to find at least one animal track, there will be other tracks nearby!
Although it might seem gross at first, animal scat is awesome! It’s a super useful tool for knowing who is wandering through your area and what kind of food is available to the animals around. When sketching scat, take note of the shape, color and if you can see anything identifiable like fur, feathers, or berries!
While journaling, you can challenge yourself to make an animal tracks and scat guide of your area to share with friends and family members! You can then ask people to go out and try to find signs of these animals while they are walking around the same places!
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