by Linda Spielman
As many of you may know, for the past several years I’ve been hard at work on a book. There are some wonderful tracking books out there, but I’ve been frustrated by the lack of a book that is truly portable but complete enough to be an adequate resource when you’re actually out there tracking. I also wanted to do a better job of documenting the variants that so often resist accurate identification. I’m happy to announce that my book has just been released by Countryman Press. A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast is compact and portable, yet contains comprehensive coverage of the tracks and gaits of the forty mammal species commonly encountered in the Northeast. Accurate and realistic illustrations (drawn from my large collection of track photographs) show both ‘textbook’ tracks and numerous variants. The drawings are accompanied by discussions of track and gait characteristics, distinguishing features, and hints for separating similar species. The book also includes explanations of track and gait terminology, measurements for tracks and gaits, notes on scat and other sign, and diagrams of characteristic gaits. I believe A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast will be helpful for trackers at all levels.
Paperback, published by Countryman Press, to be released July 4, 2017.