We discuss tracking and birding on some episodes of the CCERP Podcast.
Please be sure to follow ethics, ecology, and the law in your local area, when finding and studying bones, feathers, animals, etc.
1. Visit the Beartracker’s Animal Tracks Den site for lots of great info. A great site for mammal tracks, bird tracks, amphibian tracks, reptile tracks, and invertebrate tracks. A valuable site I use a lot and share a lot. Be sure to visit the associated Animals Don’t Cover Their Tracks Facebook page! A great group and a great resource.
2. Visit the Nature Tracking site and click here to read Jonah Evans’ bio. A good site for mammal tracks, bird tracks, herp tracks, and invertebrate tracks. Another good site I love.
3. As they say “CyberTracker is being used worldwide by indigenous communities, in protected areas, scientific research, tracking science, citizen science, environmental education, forestry, farming, social surveys and crime prevention.” It is the premier tracking certification agency in the world. Visit. Learn. Support. Recommended.
4. A great resource for tracks is also the North American Animal Tracks Database on iNaturalist. Post observations. Get feedback from experts. Peruse to study and learn.
A source for IDing skulls is the Idaho Virtual Museum‘s Osteology page.
Please be sure to follow ethics, ecology, and the law in your local area, when finding and studying bones, feathers, nests, dead animals, etc. By the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is against federal law to collect feathers, bird nests, bird bones, etc. of many species of birds, unless you have a license to do so. I myself prefer to bury feathers, after I take pictures, so that I keep the nutrients in the local environment. The plants and animals need them.