Tracking with Frank G!

IMG_4001 group at red fox tracksWhat a spectacular day we had; tracking at Fitzgerald Lake with Frank Grindrod.  An expert tracker and nature nerd friend, he runs Earthworks Programs, a wilderness education and survival school here in Western Mass.  It was a bit chilly but with a fresh coating of snow, it was perfect for tracking!  We first came across a red fox trail.  The X signified a canine and the blurry nature and its size told us it was a red fox.  We found deer beds where they were searching for nuts and truffles!  And then Dave Prichert from Broad Brook Coalition led us to an area frequented by porcupines.  And yes, we found wonderful tracks of a porky, out for a winters walk.  Take a look (remember to click on the image to make it larger.

A trail of a red fox.  Notice how it conserves energy by going in a straight line.  Not back and forth to trees like a domestic dog.
A trail of a red fox. Notice how it conserves energy by going in a straight line. Not back and forth to trees like a domestic dog.
Its a bit blurry, meaning that there is a lot of hair between the pads but notice the X, signifying a canine.
Its a bit blurry, meaning that there is a lot of hair between the pads but notice the X, signifying a canine.
Group huddle, to keep warm and look at Paul Rzezendes' excellent book, Tracking and the Art of Seeing.
Group huddle, to keep warm and look at Paul Rzezendes’ excellent book, Tracking and the Art of Seeing.
Deer bed where they were searching for nuts and truffles!
Deer bed where they were searching for nuts and truffles!
Here is a track of a deer, notice the dew claw imprints.  They are splayed, indicating a back foot.
Here is a track of a deer, notice the dew claw imprints. They are splayed, indicating a back foot.
A porcupine trail going from a hemlock grove (a meal) to its rock den in the upland area.
A porcupine trail going from a hemlock grove (a meal) to its rock den in the upland area.
A bit hard to see but they have large pads.
A bit hard to see but they have large pads.
The sun was getting low in the sky so we had to head back after a great day of tracking.
The sun was getting low in the sky so we had to head back after a great day of tracking.
Thanks Frank!!!
Thanks Frank!!!

IMG_3983 group at beaver lodge

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