Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tracking and Stalking
Though many people associate tracking and stalking with hunting, it can also be a technique used by wildlife observers and photographers.
In fact, the aim of many trackers is non-intrusive because getting too close to animals can cause them to abandon their young, disturb nesting grounds, and damage their foraging areas or patterns.
There are many books on reading tracks and stalking techniques. Several techniques focus on very mindful walking.
The Fox Walk is a technique that allows you to feel the surface of the ground and slowly compress, leaves, and sticks to minimize noise.
If you're taking children along, it can be both frustrating and instructive to try to get them to be this quiet and more slowly and observantly.
It's also fun and educational to create a track box alongside a trail, practice wide-angle vision, focused hearing and stalk each other.
Tom Brown's Science and Art of Tracking
Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking
A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America
Animal Tracking and Behavior
Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign