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- DescriptionThe Next Step is t ather track identification guidebook. Rather, it is a book that will assist the tracker to proceed from the discovery and accurate identification of animal tracks through the search for other tracks and associated sign toward reaching an informed idea an interpretation of what the animal that made the tracks was experiencing at the time those tracks were made. The opening chapter frames the subject by touching on the difficulties and the rewards of tracking. Following chapters move through considerations of how the tracker finds, recognizes, and mentally processes the tracks and sign encountered; the role of different environments in hosting, influencing, and recording evidence of animal behaviors; the way in which tracks record different patterns of animal movement across and through those environments; provide examples of how information gathered by the tracker can be synthesized into an interpretation of the animal's behavior at the time that the tracks were made. Detailed information about the tracks, trails, and sign of selected species of mammals is provided in a lengthy chapter, following which is a presentation of tracking tips, tracking problems for the reader-tracker to solve, and three forays into the world of the mountain lion in search of tracks and sign of an unusually elusive target. Back matter includes a glossary, two appendices, references, and an index. The Next Step will be useful to a wide range of readers and trackers, from professionals in biological sciences and natural resources to those more casual nature enthusiasts wanting to broaden their insights into the animal life taking place around them. Any reader who has an identified animal track with which to begin may take the next step toward documenting and interpreting the behavior of the wild animal whose trail or sign he or she may have found in forest, field, and wetland. The Next Step is at the front of the game of interpreting animal tracks, trails, and signs.
- Author BiographyDavid Brown was born and grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, in an area surrounded by forest, rock outcrop and wetland. His lifelong interest in natural history began while roaming these woods as a boy. An avid birder from the age of twelve when he was stunned by the beauty of a Baltimore oriole that flew over his house, he once hiked ten miles to see a rare bird reported in a metropolitan park near Boston. He is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in English, a decorated marine veteran of the Viet Nam conflict and a public school teacher of 20 years experience. Today he operates a wildlife services business (www.dbwildlife.com) and writes on natural history subjects and issues. David is a lifelong naturalist and teacher whose interest in animal tracks and sign began in the early 1980s. He studied the field for six years before starting to present tracking programs himself through his company, David Browns Wildlife Services. Since then he has amassed a collection of thousands of high-resolution photographs of wildlife sign that serve as the principal resource for indoor programs as well as for the images that appear in his two earlier publications, The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American Mammals and the Trackards, and now in The Next Step. In addition to tracking programs, he has also conducted dozens of wildlife inventories for public and private landholders and has served as a wildlife education consultant to environmental institutions.
- Author(s)David Brown
- PublisherMcDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, US
- Date of Publication12/10/2015
- SubjectNatural History: Animal & Wildlife
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, US
- Content Note103 b/w illus & 227 colour photos
- Weight926 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine33 mm
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