Deep Tracking Series - #3 Bear Swamp Preserve
Age Level: 12 and up
Fitness Level: Easy - anyone can enjoy this activity!
Skill Level: Beginner hiker
Using our skills in observation, we can identify animals by their tracks most easily in winter when there is snow cover.
However, there are other ways to see animals as well. Middens, debris left behind from eating, fur and feathers, seed pods, bark and twigs, droppings and urine markings, and other telltale signs are sure to be found. A keen observer sees more than just tracks in the snow.
To gain more insight into the animal, we may follow these signs to determine their route(s) of travel, their migration, or venture near their dwellings. We will explore insects, birds, and mammals by what they leave behind. This tracking series will bring participants closer to the wild animals that inhabit the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.
In this session, we navigate the forest and pond that is Bear Swamp Preserve. Here, we may observe bear, moose, beaver, and any number of other species of mammals as they navigate from the Deep Forest corridors down to the pond for water. Here we will take a look at what comes and goes to get water, as seen from a point low in the surrounding sub- Boreal forest. The series will include identifying mammals in their tracks and other ways they leave signs behind.
Your participation in this adventure directly supports Trustees of the Reservations and their mission to preserve open space and provide access to outdoor recreation.
- 2 hour guided tracking experience
- Snowshoes and spikes
- Trekking poles
What to bring:
- Layers appropriate for the temperatures
- Hiking boots or winter boots, thick socks (an extra pair)
- Plenty of water and snacks
Meeting point: Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Haydenville