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Archive for December, 2009

Otter Tracks

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Here’s a link to some great pics of Otter tracks.

Pine Cone Meals

Sunday, December 13th, 2009


   I spent a few hours yesterday looking for tracks. Although, I did find Bobcat tracks (a first for me), I spent a good deal of time looking for other animal signs. You may not see a lot of tracks or animals around this time of year but they do leave signs of their presence if you pay attention. The photo above  really looks like nothing more than some debris covering the snow and in all actuallity that’s what it is, but what does it tell you?

   What it’s telling me is that this tree is one of the favorite perches for a Red Squirrel. The sheer amount of scales located at the base means he frequents this tree on a regular basis to fill up on cones.  It’s not just the tree itself he frequents it is one specific branch on that tree. We can tell that by the cone debris being localized to one spot at the base.  You would think that the cones are from the same tree but actually they aren’t , this particular tree where he favors to have his meals is a  Hemlock and the cones he has been enjoying are from a White Pine.  Red Squirrels start  in the late summer storing food in large caches for their winter supply of food.  So why is he carrying cones from his cache to another tree?  He does that because that one tree is a perfect vantage point for observing any danger while he’s feeding and he eats a lot. One Red Squirrel  can consume  the seeds of up to 40 cones or more per day!  So there ya go, there are a lot more animal signs to discover other than just tracks and scat.  Keep an eye out next time your cruising the woods for the more subtle signs of what animal are around.

Happy Hiking!                                                                                                                                                 

Deer Tracks

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

A great way to spend a few hours learning how different animals use the terrain is to get out and follow their tracks in the snow. Just by following their tracks you can learn what they are eating this time of year, where they prefer to bed down for the day or if they are still mating. You can also find out if any predators are following them as well as get a good idea of the sex of the deer. At this time of year a single solitary set of deer tracks in shallow snow that have scuff marks between the prints will most definetly be those of a buck. Splayed track will also point toward the identification of a buck.
If you follow the tracks long enough you will eventually come across the animal and possibly get a glimpse of them running away. Pay close attention to what the tracks were doing before this happened. If there is high ground that the tracks are heading toward or they are heading for thick brush or a thick stand of evergreens means they will probably be bedded down there. If the tracks start to make an arc toward one of these areas that also will tell you that they are positioning themselve to bed down and watch their backtrail for approaching danger. Deer just don’t randomly lay down and rest there is always some prep work they use to assure they can spot danger and have some reaction time to flee the area. Animal tracking can be a fun, educational way to spend a few hours out in the woods. Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll find it a rewarding experience.

Using Your Animal Track App in the Snow

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

With the fresh snow from last night now’s the perfect time to get out and try the MyNature Animal Track App. Visit us today at and take advantage of our holiday pricing.

Animal Tracks for Christmas

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Here’s the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone that enjoys being outdoors. If their into hiking, camping, hunting or even fishing the MyNature Animal Track App makes the perfect gift at just $4.99!! Stop by the App Store today and pick up a gift certificate for MyNature Animal Tracks a truly unique gift idea.

Holiday Special on MyNature Animal Tracks APP

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

The folks at MyNature are in the holiday spirit and have a special discounted rate on the new MyNature Animal Track app for the Christmas season. Stop by the app store today and pick up a gift certificate for the Animal Track App for $4.99 for that special outdoors person on your list. Hurry this offer won’t last long!!

Animal Track App Screen Shots

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

 Here are a few screen shots of the MyNature Animal Track App available on the iPhone. visit us at

Animal Tracks

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Identifying animal tracks is easy, fun and educational with you iPhone
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