Overview & Resources for Beginning Trackers
The enthusiasm and humility you bring to tracking as a relative novice can be a real asset to “walking with the animal."
While it’s important to learn and apply practical tracking, you can begin integrating that with the intuitive from day one, learning how they can fit together dynamically. We have found that approaching a trail with freshness, unburdened by the sense of “already knowing,” will actually engage intuitive impressions that are quite accurate.
So, there is every reason to try intuitive tracking, as long as you begin with some very good, visible tracks, and perhaps seek the help of a teacher or mentor.
Below are two resources to get you started.
"How to Learn Tracking" (free download)
A 7-page monograph by Jim Lowery offering methods, examples & resources for learning track identification, track & sign interpretation, and trailing.
"The Trackers Field Guide" $16.75
Jim Lowery's thorough guide for North American mammals, with extensive tips on track identification; dozens of track interpretation examples; "notes for the tracker" on species' biology; and "track windows" - unique approaches for each species to get the most out of tracking it. Based on twenty years of field research as well as more than 900 primary sources.