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Here are some of the high lights from the last outing with the Alderleaf Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship to central Washington state.  All photos in mud were taken from along a cattail clogged creek.  The others were either taken near basalt cliff habitat or in open, sandy sagebrush habitat.

1) What species?  Which foot (front/hind? Left/right?)?

2) What species (or at least what general group of species)?  Notice that the gait is a running gait.

3) What species?

4) What species?

5) What happened here?

6) What species? What kind of foot structure is this?

7) What species?

8)What is this?

9) Who? Direction of travel?

10)What is this?

11) Identify as many different kinds of animal sign in this photo as you can...

12)What are these marks?  What species left the scat in this photo?

13)What are these marks from?  Which direction of travel?

14)What species?  Tracks are about 2 inches wide.

15) What species?

16)What species?

17)What species?

18) What gait?  What species?

19)Who? What gait?

20)Who?

21) What group of fish do these little ones belong to?  What is the name for this stage of their life?

22) What species? What gait?

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1. Coyote, front left

2. horned lark

3. pocket gopher

4. magpie

5. a pigmy horn-tailed lizard buried itself in the sand

6. great-horned owl

7. Raven

8. pocket gopher esker

9. beetle, left to right

10. poop train

12. ant lions

14. california quail

15. no idea

16. red-winged blackbird

17. killdeer

19. black rat hopping

20. green-winged teal

21. minnows

22. muskrat walking

Nicely done, Connor.

You got most of them.  Here are the ones you missed:

2) Sage sparrow.

14) Snipe

15) Common yellow throat (I am open to debating this one)

19) Vole (likely sagebrush or montane vole)

21)Salmon. Which leaves the question... what are they called at this stage?

Here is a video of 5 being made.  Its a pygmy short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii):

1) Coyote. Front right
2) bird
3) gopher
4) crow
5) Pygmy Horned Lizard Burying Behavior
6) GH Owl. Zygodactyl
7) raven
8) esker
9) beetle. To the right
10) porcupine scat
11) bones, skulls, several kinds of scats, owl pellet (or maybe that's a rock)
12) antlion ant traps. rabbit and woodrat scat
13) frog tracks. Up
14) snipe?
15) redpoll
16) redwing blackbird
17) killdeer
18) bound? mink
19) rat. bound?
20) duck
21) salmonids. Alevins
22) muskrat. Overstep walk

Nice Kim... I hadn't thought about redpoll for number 15. 

I only thought of it because it was so small. Not sure though. 

Awesome video!

Filip Tkaczyk said:

Here is a video of 5 being made.  Its a pygmy short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii):

22) muskrat, walk

21) salmonid frie (probably steelhead)

20) duck

19) vole hop

18) mink lope

17) killdeer

16) red wing blackbird

15) 1 1/4 inch and not a wren or chickadee. some sort of warbler.  maybe a yellowthroat. 

14) snipe

13) bullfrog

12) antlion

10) porcupine

9) beetle l to r

8) gopher esker

7) raven

6) owl zygodactyl

5) lizard sinking into sand

4) little too small for crow, but barely,  i will say magpie. ANy other differentials for magpie and crow other than size?

3) p goph trottington

2) sparrow

1) coyote front left

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  • 1. Coyote front left

    2. Sparrow, probably Sage

    3. Pocket Gopher trot

    4. Magpie

    5. .... Something to do with a reptile, knowing you.... pygmy horned 
    lizard predator evasion.

    6. GHO zygodactyl

    7. Raven

    8. P. goph eskers

    9. Sheeit, some sort of beetle, from left to right.

    10. Weird porcupine shit

    11. I see p. goph skulls and mandibles and possibly a broken mole 
    skull towards the top left.... oh and woodrat scat

    12. Ant Lion and woodrat scat

    13. Frog from BOttom to TOP

    14. Wilson's Snipe (sweet)

    15. woah. Something very little.... not a swallow though. Warbler?

    16. Red-Winged Blackbird.

    17. Killdeer.

    18. beefy mink 2x4 Lope

    19. Vole Hopping

    20. Small duck teal or widgeon. I'll go GW teal.

    21. looks like Salmon frie, and I'd say this stage of their life is called death.

    22. Muskrat walking, overstep

#21 - ROFLMAO!!!!!! :)

Phillip Johnston said:

  • 1. Coyote front left

    2. Sparrow, probably Sage

    3. Pocket Gopher trot

    4. Magpie

    5. .... Something to do with a reptile, knowing you.... pygmy horned 
    lizard predator evasion.

    6. GHO zygodactyl

    7. Raven

    8. P. goph eskers

    9. Sheeit, some sort of beetle, from left to right.

    10. Weird porcupine shit

    11. I see p. goph skulls and mandibles and possibly a broken mole 
    skull towards the top left.... oh and woodrat scat

    12. Ant Lion and woodrat scat

    13. Frog from BOttom to TOP

    14. Wilson's Snipe (sweet)

    15. woah. Something very little.... not a swallow though. Warbler?

    16. Red-Winged Blackbird.

    17. Killdeer.

    18. beefy mink 2x4 Lope

    19. Vole Hopping

    20. Small duck teal or widgeon. I'll go GW teal.

    21. looks like Salmon frie, and I'd say this stage of their life is called death.

    22. Muskrat walking, overstep

1. coyote, right front
2. sparrow
3. k rat trot?
4. raven? no, too small to be a raven. large crow? magpie?
5. lizard burying itself in the sand
6. owl. zygodactyl
7. raven?
8.dirt pushed up from the tunneling of a...gopher?
9. some kind of spider. I see dots and dashes that I can't really make sense of. . 10. porcupine scat
11. oh boy... I haven't studied skulls much yet. Small rodents.
12. depressions made by antlion hideouts. scat: some kind of lagomorph (desert cottontail?), and woodrat.
13. bullfrog going up
14. snipe. I see thin, even toes, and probing holes.
15. ?
16. red wing blackbird - outer toes 3 and 4 are close together
17. killdeer
18. mink. direct register lope?
19. vole
20. gull
21. ?

22. muskrat. overstep walk or trot

Here are the answers in more concise form.

1) Coyote front right.

2) Sparrow, likely sage sparrow.  And actually, in viewing more photos of this trail it is an extended skipping gait.

3) Pocket Gopher Walk.

4) Black-billed magpie.

5) Pygmy short-horned lizard buried itself.

6) Great horned owl tracks.  Zygodactyl foot structure.

7) Raven tracks.

8) Pocket gopher esker.

9) Beetle.  Traveling from left to right.

10) Porcupine poop chain.

11) Species include Pocket gopher skulls, snake spine, K-rat skull, rabbit leg and hip, and porcupine scat amongst the rocks.

12) Antlion pits. Bushy-tailed woodrat scats.

13) Bullfrog tracks.  Moving from bottom toward the top.

14) Snipe, tracks and probes.

15) Common yellowthroat tracks

16) red-winged blackbird

17) Killdeer tracks

18) 2x2 lope.  Mink.

19) Vole hopping.

20) green-winged teal.

21) Salmonid fry in the stage called "Alevins." Although, as Phillip J. pointed out, they are techniquely in the life stage called death.. haha.

22) Muskrat overstep walk.

Nice work ya'll, these were challenging questions!

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