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Trackards for North American Mammals
by David Brown
Twenty-six card sides present the tracks and
sign of over 30 wild animals that range across
much of the United States and Canada.
Accurate. Each image was produced directly
from photographs or casts of the tracks and
sign of live, free-ranging wild animals.
Life-size. The images are printed, life-size for
direct comparison with found sign.
Waterproof. The cards are made of
waterproof, synthetic material that is
impervious to water, mud or snow. This allows
the cards to be placed on the ground next to
found sign for comparison of size and
Transportable.The card deck is ring-bound
and measures 6X9", large enough to
accommodate the largest tracks but small
enough to carry in a large jacket pocket or
Packed with information. The cards have
images of tracks and a scat as well as a trails
section that shows typical gait patterns and
measurements that contribute to identification
in the field.
Field-tested for over a decade, the Trackards
are unmatched in accuracy, usefulness and
field usability. The system of identification they
represent is much more likely to result in a
successful identification than any other
tracking guide on the market.
Trackards for North American Mammals,
published by McDonald & Woodward, is now available
for purchase. Sets may be ordered from the publisher
or from any bookstore. Please see the publisher's
website for further information and to order:
The Companion Guide to Trackards for North
by David Brown
The Companion Guide provides 245 pages of additional
information including detailed measurements of track size,
gait appearance, preferred habitats and other sign typical
of each species. Ways to distinguish similar tracks and sign
of different animals are included. This is all original work
representing 26 years of tracking experience by the author.
The book is sized like the Trackards so that both may easily
be carried in the field. Together they represent an
identification system that insures success. To order see
McDonald & Woodward Publishing Co. at
How to Stay Warm Outdoors in the Winter
Designed for people who plan to spend time outdoors away from heated shelter
for extended periods, this 10-page handout provides a dense concentration of
advice on how to stay comfortable and out of danger.
In the handout are covered:
- The physics of cold.
- Your body's reactions to cold.
- Clothing and equipment, with a review of products on the market at the
moment. This section alone may save you a great deal of money.
- Instinctive tactics of wild animals that live through the winter with no more
external heat sources than the sun, itself.
Cost of the handout is $8. Please use a Quabbin Trails registration blank to order.
Note. The Trackards and Companion Guide will be
available for purchase at Quabbin Trails programs with a
10% discount plus a savings in postage and packaging.
The Next Step: interpreting Wildlife Tracks, Trails and Sign
By David Brown
While the Trackards for North American Mammals and its Companion Guide deal mostly with
identification of wildlife tracks and sign, The Next Step takes the tracking process one step further,
into interpreting the found evidence of a wild animal’s passage. “Eco-tracking” asks the questions:
What was the animal doing, and why was it here?” Through the interpretive process the tracker can
take the still image provided by his identification and put it in motion in the mind’ eye, effectively
recreating the event. In this way he can “see” the animal moving in its habitat and speculate on the
connection between the two.
The first chapter shows how to find the sign in the first place. Subsequent chapters describe how to
read the track patterns an animal leaves behind in order to determine its gait, in this way putting the
animal in motion. A lengthy chapter then deals with the author’s notes, drawn from 27 years of
experience as an “eco-tracker,” on many common species of mammals found widely across North
America, A later chapters deals with tracking tips for finding and analyzing wildlife sign. Finally the
reader is invited to try his own hand at a dozen or so identification problems, each with a photograph
and background information about the problem’s context. An appendix provides the author’s solutions
and describes recommended preparations for tracking, including clothing and equipment, land
navigation, emergency shelter and recording animal sign for later analysis.
The Next Step is packed with over 400 pages of useful information and is completely illustrated with
over 200 photographs, diagrams and drawings. It is under contract for release in 2014 by McDonald &
Woodward Publishing Company (www.mwpubco.com).