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    • Clay Hayes
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      Here’s the latest episode of Backcountry college. Have a look and leave a comment.

    • Col Mike
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      Clay

      As usual good stuff can you post the name of that bird tracking book.

      The skills come in handy when you least expect–on Mon. afternoon Linda’s husky escaped the fence–won’t say it was fun tracking her through the snow (chasing rabbits and deer) but we did recover her–running down the road toward home. Believe there may have been a couple of coyotes in pursuit:shock: Anyway good topic.

      Keep them coming.

      Mike

    • Fallguy
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      Great Video Clay. Please list what you find to be your favorite books on animal tracks.

    • David Coulter
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      Clay. Well done as usual. I really enjoyed that and plan to pass it around. Best, dwc

    • Clay Hayes
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      Bird tracks & sign by mark Elbroch and elanore marks.

      The most comprehensive book I’ve found on mammal tracks and other sign is by Elbroch as well. it’s a monster though, not one you’d want to haul around in the field. Jim Halfpenny has a good smaller book but it’s just tracks, not all the other sign you’ll come across in the field.

    • Col Mike
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      Clay

      Thanks for the info on bird tracks. And for the rest, I have all those books Clay recommended–but I’m sure he will agree with me, that the best book is personal observation. In a past life that meant, survival.

      In this life it means education. 2 12×6 boards cut to make an 8×4 sand box add 1 ton white sand–wow your own tracking box. Start with your tracks,your pets, pop sickle sticks to record time and date and watch the weathering conditions. Put a tarp over it or let that stuff just fall on it. How long does it take for a pine needle- to do– what it does?

      Nature is it’s own teacher.

      Mike

    • Clay Hayes
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      Absolutely. Gotta start with the basics. People often want to jump right into trailing critters through pine duff without first learning their ABCs. Then they get frustrated and quit.

      On the track aging thing, I’ve been thinking about doing some timelapse to show tracks aging in a few seconds.

    • Col Mike
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      clay

      NPR today, had a discussion, with a gal–who really reads sign. Not posting the link as it can be disturbing to some.

      But those of you who care can find it.

    • Ptaylor
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      That was a fun video Clay. Nice work!

    • jmsmithy
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      Hey Clay

      Gotta tell you every time I view an episode of BCC or peruse your website I can’t help but want to thank you in person some day. You do a helluva lot of work, putting forth a ton of effort to help educate and enlighten the rest of us. Thank you my friend. Be well!! 😀

    • Col Mike
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      Dave and John

      Here is the link you asked about.

      http://www.npr.org/2015/01/16/377715493/hunted

      Although a good story–it can be disturbing. But she sure knows how to track–for about the best reason I can think of.

      Mike

    • David Coulter
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      Mike,

      Thanks for the link. Incredible story. I want to know more. It’s an interesting perspective that makes her excellent at what she does. I would never have guessed. Thanks again.

      Clay, JMSmithy said it well. Thanks, dwc

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