Backyard Almanac - when the Delightful Daily Dozen Disappear

Jan 19, 2018

Credit ©Catherine Winter. Used with permission

"January can give us interesting days," remarks Larry Weber, dryly.  We set a record low of -33 January 18 in 1994, and a year ago at this time, we had temperatures in the mid-40s.

With the sub-zero temperatures behind us (for a few days, anyway), the change in the weather means more critters are out and about.  Larry offers some tips for identifying tracks, including this simple formula:

Footprint + gait = tracks

The other part of that, of course, is to get several different views of the tracks, what size they are (you can use a coin to help show scale in a photograph) and where you saw them.