Tracking mammals across the woods
MARLBORO- Take a walk and learn how to track and follow a trail on Saturday, January 12, 1 to 4:30 pm, with Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s naturalist Patti Smith. Participants should meet at the Marlboro Post Office.
Winter offers an intimate window into the lives of wild animals. Smith will take a group into her wild winter woods to see who has been doing what.
Participants will pick up the trail of a wide-ranging mammal and follow it to learn the ways and activities of its maker. Possible guides include fisher, mink, bobcat, coyote, otter, and fox. Along the way participants will likely encounter the tracks of many other denizens of the winter forest. Among these could be red squirrel, flying squirrel, snowshoe hare, porcupine, mice, grouse, turkeys, deer, and perhaps even moose. Smith will share the field tools she uses to help identify tracks and her knowledge of the species whose stories we read.
Tracks could lead us anywhere, up hill and down, through thick and thin. Dress warmly in layers. Be prepared with extra socks and mittens, water, and snacks. Snowshoes may be needed.
Donations are accepted. This program is dependent on snow conditions, so be sure to register. For more information or to register visit www.BEEC.org or call (802) 257-5785.