Cross Country Skiing at Audubon

IMG_1980The trails at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary are truly multipurpose trails. No, that doesn’t mean that snowmobiles, ATVs, bicycles, and horses are allowed. Hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and a myriad of animals ARE allowed. I had the pleasure of skiing on Saturday (after Heather had blazed and refined the trail several days during the week – Thank you, Heather!). Here are some of the animal tracks I saw. I’ve indentified them with my best guesses. If you know better, please correct me!

The first tracks I stopped to photograph were on the big field:

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I’m pretty sure these were squirrel tracks. Funny how he went under the snow for a bit, then emerged to continue hopping over the surface!

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Looks like the feral cat who’s been hanging around the Center lately.

I’m pretty sure I saw mink footprints in at least three places along the trail: (1) out on the big field, (2) just on the other side of the Big Pond embankment, and (3) on the “Forever Bridge” and around the bank toward the photo blind on Spatterdock Pond. Here are some examples of what I saw:

(1) Big Field:
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(2) On far side of Big Pond Embankment:
Seems like it was coming from the right, then sliding into the trail itself:
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Then on the other side of the trail, it seems to have investigated the area under the tree before bounding off toward the pond:
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Here are some classic mouse prints with the tail drag between them:
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I’m just not exactly sure what these are, but I suspect they were made by vole:
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Lest you think all footprints are made by mammals, I also saw these Great Blue Heron prints:
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What do you think? Did I get the IDs right?

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