12 Days of Christmas- Activity 8: Discover Animal Tracks!

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12 Days of Christmas- Activity 8: Discover Animal Tracks!

Is there snow in the forecast in your area? If so, take advantage – bundle up and go on a nature walk with family or friends! A fun activity to do after a snowfall is to look for animal tracks on your walk. They’re easy to spot on a fresh bed of snow. It’s fun to follow the tracks, and if you’re lucky, the tracks will lead you right to their owner.

Can you guess which animal tracks are in the photo above?

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As you prepare for your animal tracking adventure, find out what animals live in the area. Here are some rules-of-paw that will help you figure out what type of animal you are tracking:

• Four toes on each of the front and hind feet mean you’re looking at a track from the dog family, like my Bess or a fox, the cat family, like a bobcat or a lynx, or the rabbit family, like a cottontail or snowshoe hare.

• Four toes on the front foot and five toes on the hind foot means it’s a rodent, like a mouse or a squirrel.

• If the track has five toes each on the front and back feet it’s from the raccoon and weasel families, like a badger, skunk, or bear.

• If you find a two-toe track, it’s probably a deer, moose or elk.

Click here to learn more about animal tracks.

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