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.
UPDATED May 18 2018: I checked the link, made the top photo larger, and added my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.