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The secret lives of animals have a way of piquing human curiosity.

Where do they go? How do they travel? What do they eat? How often do they play?

Although you can't always catch an animal in the midst of its secret life, you can pick up on the clues it leaves behind. With an increasing wealth of knowledge on animal behaviour, we are becoming better detectives in this field. And once you learn to notice these subtle signs, you may start to see them all around  you.

The pile of cone fragments from a hungry squirrel. The fresh ring of fallen flaked bark left by a black-backed woodpecker. The browsed tips of a young striped maple by the incisors of a moose. Or the paw print of a lone wolf that followed your trail just a day before.

Wildlife tracking is an incredibly stimulating activity that challenges the aspiring wildlife sleuth to think critically about the elements at play, and how feasible a given scenario may be given the evidence at hand. It will increase your ability to interpret subtle clues and make connections between and among them: a valuable skill that can be practiced and perfected over a lifetime.

We encourage you to consider wildlife tracking as an activity on your next adventure!


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