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Gibbons, Diane K. Mammal tracks and signs of the Northeast.

Univ. Press of New England. 137p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. c2003. 1-58465-242-X. $16.95. JSA

Diane Gibbons is a naturalist and tracker whose field guide is filled with detailed pencil drawings of 36 mammal tracks. Each animal is accompanied by its overall track, front track, rear track, trail width, habitat, food, scat. breeding, and walking pattern. Maps show habitats and clues give users hints about what to look for. For example, cottontail clues say to "Look for 'forms,' which are shallow depressions in the ground in thickets and brushy areas where the rabbits sleep and nest. They will use woodchuck dens in the ground for shelter in winter but do not dig deep holes, Also look for 45-degree cuts on blueberry bushes and other small shrubs, and debarking on fruit trees. Cottontails use obvious trails in shrubs and grasses and make dust bath depressions about a foot in diameter."

Mammals include the opossum, shrew, hare, chipmunk, squirrel, beaver, mouse, vole, muskrat, rat, porcupine, dog, gray wolf, coyote, fox, black bear, raccoon, weasel, mink, marten, fisher, otter, skunk, housecat, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. The introduction is a must-read, as it includes a detailed key and manual for tracking. Measurements are given in both inches and centimeters. The drawings of prints are to scale. An excellent field guide for the serious tracker. Janet Julian, Grafton, MA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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