Deep Tracking Series - #3 Graves Farm Sanctuary
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.
Today’s session we will be exploring field and forest visitors, navigation and direction of tracks, conifer forest dwellers. We will trek the one-mile loop trail, and see tracks from field to forest, identifying the animals from each area.
- 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