How to get out and about in the winter

Part III - Animal Tracks
By Angela Faeth
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Rabbit tracks
Source: The Valley of the Mad River Vermont Snowshoe Trails Map & Guide.

Learn to identify animal tracks

One of the best things about winter hiking is the animal tracks, made visible by the snow. Following an animal trail can offer you clues to an animal's activities. Tracks might disappear under the snow, only to reappear a few feet away. Or they might lead to a spot where unmistakable feather marks indicate a bird of prey swooping down on an unlucky mouse.

Tracks in the snow are a constant reminder that even in winter we share the woods with other living creatures. Not all forest animals hibernate in the winter, and neither do all humans. So get off your duff, get out your map, and take a hike in the snow!

Animal tracks can be found all year, but they are easily seen in the winter months. Kids love to discover the tracks in the snow. You can learn more about wildlife and tracks from your local library.

Special thanks to Angela Faeth of Map Adventures Topographic Maps & Guides for providing this information.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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