Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Apr 7, 2012 - Science - 398 pages
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Spotting an animal’s fresh footprints in the wild can conjure a world for the hiker: Why did the deer tracks disappear? Where did the cougar turn off the trail? What does it mean when two sets of footprints seem to coincide? This beautifully illustrated field guide, the first devoted to the tracks and signs of California animals—including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like spiders and beetles—blends meticulous science with field experience to provide an engaging companion for both armchair exploration and easy field identification. Filled with useful tools for the wildlife expert, and essential background and visual aids for the novice, including in-depth information about the ecology of each species, this book goes beyond basic recognition of types to interpret what animals leave behind as a way of “seeing” how they move through the world.
  

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Contents

Getting Started
13
Mammal Tracks and Track Patterns
31
Tracks and Trails of Birds and Other Animals
79
Animal Scats Urine and Other ScentMarking Behaviors
99
Bird Pellets
117
Mammal Species Accounts
121
Bibliography
359
Art Credits
367
Index
369
About the Authors
395
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Mark Elbroch is a wildlife biologist and the author of numerous field guides including Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species (winner of the National Outdoors Book Award), Peterson’s Field Guide to Animal Tracks, and Peterson’s Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals. Michael Kresky is the founder and president of Effigy Art, a fine arts company in Santa Barbara. Jonah Evans is Research Biologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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