I’ve been interested in the relationship between weather and animal behavior since I first started studying nature as a teen. Wild animals are constantly outside, being affected by changes in cold, heat, rain, snow, wind & dry conditions. This presents a great opportunity to gain deeper insight into the lives of local wildlife, and learn some amazing things about our … [Read more...] about How Does Weather Affect Animal Behavior?
Learn Animal Tracking
This page is all about animal tracking. The ability to track animals is a really fun skill to develop that teaches us to pay close attention to nature.
Raccoon tracks are some of the most common footprints found in north america. These masked bandits love to hunt for tasty morsels along the edges of creeks and wet areas where they have no fear of getting their feet muddy. Raccoons are also a common visitor of garbage cans and compost bins, leaving plenty of opportunities to track raccoons close to home. Because they’re so common, knowing … [Read more...] about How To Identify Raccoon Tracks (Front, hind, common mistakes)
Have you ever seen an owl up close in the wild? Owls are some of the coolest birds on the planet. They’re known for being incredibly stealthy nocturnal predators with highly efficient hunting skills. Yet unlike a lot of other sneaky predators we hear about in storybooks & nature shows, owls are actually surprisingly easy to find in real life (when you take the right approach). In my … [Read more...] about How To Find Owls: 7 easy steps to see owls anytime you want!
Animal tracking is a lot like being a detective. Every track and sign is another clue that tells us valuable information we can use to read the fascinating stories of local wildlife. Most trackers primarily focus on what kind of animal left a track, and while this is definitely a valuable skill, it’s really just the beginning of what’s possible. With good observation & critical … [Read more...] about What Do Animal Tracks Tell Us?
For many people, discovering fresh deer tracks marks the beginning of a life-long journey towards deeper understanding of deer and their environment. If you’ve ever stumbled across these two toed hoof prints in the mud, then you know the feeling of intrigue and curiosity as you realize that not too long ago, a wild animal was standing right here: Is this a deer track?How long ago was it … [Read more...] about Deer Tracks And What They Tell You (ID, Speed, Direction, etc)
Today's podcast talks about nature mapping as a learning tool to promote deeper awareness of the land & how animals are using your local environment. I'm excited to share the story of how mapping helped me trail a mother cougar with her sub-adult family through the Pacific Northwest rainforest. I actually got to see these animals up close and personal, but the really cool thing is how … [Read more...] about Nature Mapping: An Intuitive Way To Learn Your Land & Predict Animal Behavior
Today's podcast shares a fun story about squirrels that also contains some great lessons for exploring natural mysteries... Just click play to listen! (or download to your device) This is one of my personal "teaching stories" and it's a perfect example of how nature based mentoring connects us to a living oral tradition. On one level, it's just a fun story about an experience I had one … [Read more...] about A Story About Squirrel Families & Being A Natural Mystery Detective…
What animal left this track? I still remember the first time one of my tracking mentors showed me the trail of an animal that was completely unknown to me. Like many nature lovers, I had some basic experience with dog and cat tracks… but these bizarre impressions in the mud were completely unlike anything I had ever seen before. Eventually with a bit of study and plenty of dirt time in … [Read more...] about Online Guide To Animal Tracks: 6 track families & how to identify with confidence
Have you ever encountered a squirrel chattering like crazy in the forest and wondered why they act this way? A very common experience for beginners of nature observation is when you step outside for a bit of relaxing time in the woods, only to have the local squirrel scream and chatter the whole time like their life depends on it. If you don’t know much about animals noises, you might at … [Read more...] about Why Do Squirrels Chatter Like Maniacs? A Quick Guide To Squirrel Calls & Sounds
Young raccoons are very playful animals. I once snuck up on a pair of baby raccoons wrestling & tumbling at the edge of a forest. At first I just heard the alarm calls of some song sparrows and wanted to find out what was happening in the bushes. It was so magical & hilarious to see those two little fur-balls tumble into view and realize they were the source of the sparrow’s … [Read more...] about When Do Raccoons Have Their Babies? (Seasonal clues & den behaviors)