Do animals run away from you in fear?
That’s certainly how I felt when I first started learning about my local wildlife.
I wanted to feel accepted by the animals of my local forests, but my attitude towards nature and level of awareness were holding me back.
Luckily, I’ve learned some tricks over the years that make a big difference.
It’s pretty simple stuff…
But it could mean the difference between causing a plow of animal disturbance in front of your hiking path, and having some exciting encounters with your local wildlife.
I’ve used these techniques to spot deer, bobcats, cougars, bears, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, groundhogs and so much more.
There’s something very old and awe-inspiring about witnessing an animal in it’s natural state.
Hopefully this will help you discover a new way of relating to nature, or perhaps simply remind you of what you already know.
Here’s how you can see animals in nature 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this video. Those are some of the basics that should help you get started on the right foot.
1. Always remember that animals tend to be most active at dawn & dusk. If you usually go into the woods at the same time every day… you might have better luck by switching to a different time.
Try getting out there an hour earlier, or an hour later. You might find that your adventures align more with times of heightened wildlife activity.
2. Pay attention to your own level of awareness & disturbance. The faster you move… the less presence you have and the more noise you make.
Remember to slow down your movement and get into your senses. Use your eyes and ears consciously. The best plan is often to quietly stop and sit down somewhere with a view. Learn how to stalk animals.
3. Animals tend to be most concentrated at points of high ecosystemic diversity. Look for the points in your landscape that have the widest variety of plants, trees, & habitat types.
An edge habitat is the place where forest meets field, or along the edges of water. These are places where animals congregate to take advantage of plant diversity.
Would you like to learn my secret weapon for discovering more animals in any local ecosystem?
I’m hugely passionate about using bird alarm calls to discover where animals like cats, hawks & owls are sneaking through the landscape.
I create a free series of videos to give you the basics of how to identify the alarms made by birds so you can better understand what’s happening in your environment.