Step richly into the animal world by discovering what their tracks tell you about their purpose, mood and individuality. Learn to understand an animal's current behaviour and choices through the context of its biology and the tracks it leaves behind. From decades of field research and teaching tracking to thousands, expert tracker Jim Lowery leads you to confident identification of tracks and into a deeper relationship with animals and their habitat, using many examples, tips, and focused notes written specifically for field exploration.
This guide features
- Extensive illustrations and photos of tracks which show you speed, movement and behaviour
- Thorough and concise "Notes for the Tracker" about the biology of each species, distilled from nearly a thousand primary sources
- "Track Windows" which teach you how to access each species' essence through field exploration
- Clear identification tips to help you make a distinction between easily confused tracks and compare tracks of similar species
Jim Lowery has taught hundreds of beginning and advanced tracking workshops over the past eighteen years. His school, Earth Skills, located in Frazier Park, California, offers courses and special training in tracking and survival.
"Jim's book represents a valuable addition to tracking literature. It is a wealth of natural history information gained from long hours observing animals in the field. For those wishing to expand their knowledge of mammals in the wild, Jim's book warrants long and careful study."
– James C. Halfpenny, PhD, president of A Naturalist's World
"Jim Lowery has written a superb field guide based on a lifetime of tracking experience and thousands of hours instructing students in the art and science of this ancient skill. The information he presents is highly insightful and guaranteed to enrich your own journey in tracking."
– Bill Marple, director of tracking at Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School and founder of Earth Voices
"The Tracker's Field Guide is a truly helpful work of art! Gratitude to Jim Lowery for his user friendly and inviting presentation of the complex and magical world of tracking and connecting to the natural world."
– Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows and founder of the 8 Shields Institute
"His formula [...] is a combination of good photographs, concise drawings and illustrations, wreathed with prose that's uncompromisingly clear and utterly unaffected. Perusing this book produces an uncanny feel that you stand beside someone on a trail, who is pointing at tracks with a twig and making laconic observations."
– San Francisco Chronicle
"[T]his practical guide includes everything trackers need to make sense of signs and understand an animal's life story."
– Book News
"Based on real, scientific field experience, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone studying animal tracking around the world."
– Chris Chisholm, The Wolf Camp and Wolf College