Hot This Week: Become a Nature Detective in your Community

While out walking your community’s trails, down the scenic route, or even in your neighbourhood, test your animal track knowledge! Search for tracks and see if you can figure out what animal made it!

Learning how to identify animal tracks is harder than it sounds. With so many different animals in the Eastman, depending on the speed of the animal, and the general state of where the track is located are all factors in the complex hobby of animal tracking. But even though it will take hard work, dedication, research, and lots of practice, this can be a very rewarding hobby to master!

We have selected only a few animal tracks in this blog, but there is much more! Check out online resources or even go to your local library’s website to see what e-books about tracking they offer!

*Disclaimer* Time in nature has not been cancelled, but we must be responsible to help everyone stay safe and healthy! Here are some guidelines to follow while exploring your community:

  • Stay home if you have been traveling or do not feel well. Here is a great resource if you are quarantined. This will help you find people in Manitoba who are willing and able to help you while quarantined. Help Next Door Manitoba
  • Go out with your family, but practice social distancing with other groups.
  • Stay within your community. Please do not travel to other communities.
  • Stay off play structures in parks and schools.
  • Social Distancing can be easier in rural communities because we live farther apart from each other. If you live in a condo or apartment, please follow the guidelines provided to you to ensure you keep your social distance from you neighbors.

Skunk

White-tail Deer

Red Squirrel

Deer Mouse

Red Fox

Raccoon

Snowshoe Hare

Beaver Hind (Left) and Fore (Right) Feet

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Grey Squirrel

Coyote Fore (Left) and Hind (Right) Feet

Black Bear

Dog

Cat

Resources to check out!

Canadian Wildlife Federation: Tracking Down Winter Wildlife

Canadian Wildlife Federation: Discovering the World of Animal Tracks

Outdoor Life: How to Identify Tracks of 10 Common North American Species

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