Deep Tracking Series - #5 Roaring Falls
Age Level: 12 and up
Fitness Level: Easy - anyone can enjoy this activity!
Skill Level: Beginner hiker
Using our skills in observation, we can identify animals by their tracks most easily in winter when there is snow cover.
However, there are other ways to see animals as well. Middens, debris left behind from eating, fur and feathers, seed pods, bark and twigs, droppings and urine markings, and other telltale signs are sure to be found. A keen observer sees more than just tracks in the snow.
To gain more insight into the animal, we may follow these signs to determine their route(s) of travel, their migration, or venture near their dwellings. We will explore insects, birds, and mammals by what they leave behind. This tracking series will bring participants closer to the wild animals that inhabit the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.
Today’s session we will be searching for hoof prints in the snow and mud, the search for grass under the snow, seeds, nuts, tubers, and roots, on top of a stump and a log. This session will take us along a side trail with a light incline. The rocky hill near the path is heavily used by porcupines. Let's see what else lives here.
- 2 hour guided tracking experience
- Snowshoes and spikes
- Trekking poles
What to bring:
- Layers appropriate for the temperatures
- Hiking boots or winter boots, thick socks (an extra pair)
- Plenty of water and snacks
Meeting point: Mt Toby Trailhead