Animal Signatures by Edward Claridge and Betty Ann Milligan
|February 23, 2014||Posted by Christa McGrath under Animals, Resource, Young Readers|
If you have hiked a wooded trail, explored the woods or gone berry picking, you may have discovered evidence of previous visitors. Animals leave behind small traces of life, and humans can recognize and interpret these traces if they own a handy dandy guide or are educated in the area of animal sciences.
But for those not so animal-educated, these traces may not be so identifiable. Who can tell the difference between the paw prints of a cat, dog, fox, and coyote? How many of you know that deer and moose leave behind distinctive teeth marks on trees and branches? People often get crows and ravens mixed up, but did you know you can tell the difference between the two while they are in flight? And did you know that animal droppings are an important indicator of an animal’s signature?
This book is a quick, brief, and useful guide to help answer all these questions and more besides. Claridge and Milligan decipher between paw tracks, animal droppings, and smell of animals commonly found in Nova Scotia. The guide includes physical descriptions too – including size, color, habitant, and other common animal behaviors. Drawings are used throughout the guide to help portray the various animal signatures left behind.
If you are an animal lover, forest enthusiast, science teacher, or someone who is simply interested in learning more about animals such as the fox, coyote, moose, beer, deer, rabbit, squirrel, frog, raccoon, birds, and even mice, then you may find Animal Signatures a convenient reference guide. There are other more detailed sources out there, no doubt, but this [larger] pocket-sized guide still proves worthy.
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