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Farm Tracking 101, Part 3

Mystery trackIf you guessed dog for yesterday's mystery track (shown here), you were right.  It's actually two tracks on top of each other, but not exactly registering, making the track look longer than it actually is and muddying the shape.  But the nails in the front give it away.  Domestic dog!

Chipmunk trackNow to those pesky bounders.  When I see a set of two or four tracks together with a big space between, I usually haul out my primary tracking tool --- the ruler.  The teensy tiny bounder tracks are shrews, mice, or voles.  Next size up comes chipmunks, then squirrels, then rabbits.  Be sure to measure both the length of the tracks and the space between each set of tracks --- both are distinctive.  Read more....

This post is part of our Farm Tracking 101 lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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