As the weather warms up, there’s nothing better than spending time outside enjoying nature! Getting your kids outside is a great way to help them learn, especially when it comes to learning about wildlife in their area! To help them grow their knowledge of animals, Personal Creations made this printable field guide for identifying animal tracks in your own backyard.
Learning which animals are common in your area is a great way to get the kids excited about getting outside! Use this field guide to help you learn more about these animals and may even make a future biologist out of your little one!
You’ll learn about these animals with the field guide:
- Canines (dogs, coyotes, wolves)
- Felines (cats, bobcats, cougars)
- Small mammals (squirrels, opossums, skunks)
- Hooved animals (deer, bison, wild hogs)
- Birds (crows, owls, eagles)
- Reptiles and amphibians (lizards, turtles, alligators)
How to Have an Animal Tracking Adventure
Spend the day exploring your own backyard for animal tracks, or head out on a big hiking excursion to discover wildlife!
What to Look For
Besides footprints, there are plenty of ways to learn about wildlife. Be sure to keep a lookout for these other signs of animal activity!
- Claw marks and scratches
- Broken twigs and leaves
- Scat and waste
Where to Look for Tracks
Knowing where to look for animal tracks can make all the difference in finding good footprints! Look for these ground types for the best tracks!
How to Look for Tracks
It’s very important to respect nature when looking for animal tracks. Keep yourself, your family and animals around you safe by keeping these things in mind:
- Keep your distance –– even the fluffiest-looking cougar is still a wild animal.
- Leave it there –– don’t take things out of nature that belong there.
- No trash allowed –– take your trash with you when you leave.
- Be cautious –– know the area and potential risks before tracking wild animals.