Saturday, February 21, 2009

2-21-09 Track Recap

The Future Scientists participated in citizen science for the Geauga Park District, searching for signs of mammals at the recently acquired Observatory Park. Tracks of deer, mice, voles, squirrels, raccoons and coyote were discovered.

Coyote tracks: Hind foot has registered on top of fore foot. About 2.5 inches long.


Raccoon tracks. Hind foot about 4 inches long.


No poop was found (or stepped on). However, by the end of the day every Future Scientist had cracked through thin ice at least once, getting their feet wet in the shallow streams. Brrr! Evidently today was not the day for learning from the person walking in front of you…

Looks purty...

Unless you bust through.


The Future Scientists did not just keep their eyes on the ground track-finding however. The day was a good bird-o-prey day, with sightings of red tailed hawks, two red-shouldered hawks at close view, and possibly a juvenile bald eagle. Keep a look out for more interesting findings in upcoming posts…

Things to see high and low.

3 comments:

Eli said...

Was the one on the telephone pole a broad-winged hawk?

Jeff said...

I'm pretty sure it was. I'll double check with the experts and get your pic up soon!

Jeff said...

The hawks were actually red-shouldered hawks. We'll get a post up soon.