East End Eco-Ventures

Join us to explore the east end of Long Island through nature-based outdoor adventures and educational activities.

Some Winter Tracking

 

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We trailed a pair of red foxes to this fresh deer carcass (which had a fractured femur – most likely hit by a car). Delicately placed on top of the hind quarters of the deer was this fresh scat, perhaps the red fox’s claim to its food source.

 

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While trailing these foxes, we found several scent marks (confirmed as they have an unmistakably skunky, wild canine smell) as well as several dens (one of which will be used to raise their young during the next few months). The photo above depicts a possible sit spot where this individual fox (the smaller of the two) may have stopped to preen itself and/or be still and observe it’s surroundings.

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The deer carcass shown above also had a raptor feeding on it. This red-tailed hawk print is one of many tracks directly surrounding the site.

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Front (top) and hind (bottom) prints of  one of our most ancient species: the Virginia opossum.

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This trail was confirmation of a suspected inhabitant we documented several days before: the southern flying squirrel. Notice the landing spot (bottom) then bounds toward the base of the tree where it likely climbed back up into the canopy.

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This small rodent track in a bounding pattern, most likely a vole or mouse, was found meandering around the base of trees and in and out of small shrubs and holes in the snow.

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Here is where the same rodent trotted down a small snow drift adjacent to a tree.

 

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