Identifying Tracks

One part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories I love to read is when they come across tracks. Pa find tracks in the woods. Ma sees deer tracks in the dirt of the garden (deers were pesky even back then). Prince’s behavior is explained by wildcat tracks in the mud.

While it’s easiest for novice trackers to see them in the snow, which we didn’t have a lot of this year, you can see tracks in soft dirt or mud.

This Old Farmer’s Almanac page has very nice clear images of both animals and the tracts that they make. Keep a look out around home or on your Laura trip.

Did you identify them as his tracks?


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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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