Many wild animals especially mammals are difficult
to see in the field. Often they are active at night or at dawn and
dusk and avoid humans. They do leave evidence of their presence and
clues to their behavior behind in tracks, scat (feces), scrapes,
scratches and other sign. Several excellent guides are available on
reading animal sign including James Halfpenny and Elizabeth
Biesiot, A Field Guide to Animal Tracking in North
America; Olaus J. Murie, A Field Guide to Animal
Tracks; Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of
FWC Facts:The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.
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