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Animal Tracks

This time of year, with spring rains the ground is soft and often very muddy. This is a great time to get out and look for tracks in the mud. Animals often leave behind evidence of where they’ve been, and with a little detective work you can figure out what animals have been there and what might have been doing. Can you follow the tracks back the animal’s home? Which direction were they going? Where have two or more different animals connected? What do you think happened? Look for tracks near a water source, many animals go to streams or ponds to get a drink, there might be a lot of tracks to look at there.

Make up a story about what these animals and what they were doing when they walked through there. Use this print out to help identify the animal tracks you see!

Here’s some great resources and games for learning more about tracks:

https://www.fws.gov/columbiariver/games/concentration/tracksconcentration.htm

https://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2013/02/animal-tracks-match-up.html