Differentiating Wild Canine Tracks from Domestic Canines

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Photo source: https://notesfromthewest.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/cazadero-1214/

In a post about a tracking workshop I led a few years ago, I briefly mentioned how to differentiate coyote scat from that of a domestic dog’s. However scat isn’t always present when you’re tracking – you may have to backtrack a canid for a while before coming upon scat or other scent posts or leavings. Thankfully though, telling the difference between tracks from wild canines vs. domestic is pretty straightforward. Most of the time.

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Nature & Outdoor Activities Page and More Resources

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If you hover your mouse over the programs tab on the top menu, you will see a new page: Activity Write-Ups and Outdoor Info.  I’ve written a number of articles in the past few years about teaching and leading groups outdoors.  There are resources, activities and teaching suggestions & ideas for parents, teachers and group leaders.

New articles will be added as they’re written. If you’re someone who leads outdoor programs or events – even once in a while – and you’d like information on a particular topic, make a note in the comments below. I’m happy to take requests.

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A shout-out to Courtney and her class who visited our site yesterday, and took the time to say hello by email and share a resource link (which will be added to the resources page for future reference): http://www.commercialofficecleaning.com/clean-up-earth.html. It’s a website for Janitorial Cleaning Services out of New York City. I’m so glad they shared this because it’s exciting to see a really well-written resource for a larger audience. Meaning larger than the folks environmental educators would usually reach: kids, families and teachers who are already environmentally-minded.

Much of the work the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) is doing right now revolves around how to expand our field and audience reach. I serve as the President of NEEEA, so this is on my mind constantly. I’m always glad to see examples from other industries that reflect our goals – the website from Janitorial Cleaning Services makes me super happy. Thanks visiting and passing this along Courtney’s class!

 

Rosy Maple Moth

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This unbelievably cute and beautiful little moth is a rosy maple moth. We used to have them hanging around the office porch of the residential camp I worked at in southern New Hampshire. They, and many other species, would congregate on the outer wall of the building, under the light in the evenings. These in particular along with one other (which reminded me of a snowy owl) always caught my eye and I wondered what they were.  This individual was found in central Florida on the side of a small coffee shop. Their host species are oaks and maples.

I’ve mentioned the new(er) moth guide I use in a previous post, the Peterson’s Field Guide to Moths by David Beadle & Seabrooke Leckie – it’s an excellent resource.

Faith and Coyotes

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but for all my tracking, studying and researching coywolves (eastern coyotes) RF coyote in snowover the years, I hardly ever see them (not counting trapped & studied individuals).  I’ve seen my share of western coyotes (see my article on Coyote Morphology for the physical differences between coywolves and western coyotes) but here in the northeast, I had only ever seen 2 out and about (and hardly saw one of them, just from the corner of my eye) as of last winter.

But then…. Driving home late one Saturday night from a gig with my band I caught a glimpse of an animal leaping out of the woods into the road, and had only a moment to register that it was a coyote (and to try swerve out of its way) before it hit my car. Afterwards, it was tempting to say, “I hit a coyote with my car” (and I did for a day or so) because that’s what we usually say.  But I know I tried to get out of its way and I’m telling you, this coyote hit my car.

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Rock Dove Kill Site

I came across this kill site last winter in the woods behind our house:

Kill site 2

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