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Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California

Field / Identification Guide

Series: California Natural History Guides Volume: 104

By: Mark Elbroch, Michael Kresky and Jonah Evans

398 pages, 326 colour & 250 b/w illustrations

University of California Press

Paperback | Mar 2012 | #198079 | ISBN-13: 9780520271098
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Hardback | May 2012 | #198078 | ISBN-13: 9780520253780
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About this book

Spotting an animal's fresh footprints in the wild can conjure a world for the hiker: Why did the deer tracks disappear? Where did the cougar turn off the trail? What does it mean when two sets of footprints seem to coincide? This beautifully illustrated field guide, the first devoted to the tracks and signs of California animals--including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like spiders and beetles--blends meticulous science with field experience to provide an engaging companion for both armchair exploration and easy field identification. Filled with useful tools for the wildlife expert, and essential background and visual aids for the novice, including in-depth information about the ecology of each species, this book goes beyond basic recognition of types to interpret what animals leave behind as a way of "seeing" how they move through the world.

Outstanding. This is a brilliant work by the best in the field. Watching a great tracker at work can feel like watching a magician, but this book demystifies the process and inspires the reader to begin to look closer and open the world of tracking.
- John Muir Laws, author of "The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada"


Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Getting started
Quick reference: Sooted track plates
Chapter 3: Mammal Tracks and Trails
Chapter 4: Tracks and Trails of Bird and Other Animals
Quick reference: Tracks
Chapter 5: Animal Scats and scent marking behaviors
Quick reference: Scats
Chapter 6: Bird pellets
Quick reference: Pellets
Chapter 7: Mammal species accounts

Bibliography
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Biography

Mark Elbroch is a wildlife biologist and the author of numerous field guides including "Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species" (winner of the National Outdoors Book Award), "Peterson's Field Guide to Animal Tracks", and "Peterson's Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals".

Michael Kresky is the founder and president of Effigy Art, a fine arts company in Santa Barbara.

Jonah Evans is Research Biologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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