Animal Tracks

Even if you don’t see any animals, you may be able to see evidence of animals. One easy way to do this is to identify animal tracks, even if you can’t tell exactly what animal they came from. Animal tracks and prints can be spotted in mud or soft dirt, undisturbed snow, and sand. However, even hard ground can show animal tracks if the animal is large or has heavy and hard feet. 

Along with tracks and prints, animals leave other signs of their presence. For example, they may leave indentations in leaves or grass where they sat or lay. You might find broken branches from where they walked or chewed leaves and flowers from their last meal.

A dogs footprint in sand
Bird footprints in snow
Animal tracks including bird wings in snow


Next time you are in nature, look behind you as you walk. What tracks are you leaving?
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