Animal Trackinganimal tracking

(Discover the Outdoors)

By Margaret Chind, Pioneer Troop #100 Mama Leader (With the help of the Enginerd)


(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)


Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* What are animal tracks? Be able to recognize a set of tracks on a photograph or in the ground.

_____2.* Be able to tell what kind of ground you can find tracks on. (E.g. Do you think you will find tracks in the grass? Do you think you will find any animal tracks on the pavement? In the mud at the ditch/creek?)


Otter: Do four requirements including the three starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 and 2.

_____2.* Be able to name or discover information on at least 5 animals that leave tracks in a domestic yard.

_____3.* Identify at least 3 animal tracks. Be able to identify deer and raccoon.


Dolphin: Do five requirements including the three starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1, 2, and 3.

_____2.* Find an animal track outside, and then go back inside and research it using an encyclopedia or nature guide (or internet if absolutely necessary).

_____3.* Identify at least 5 animal tracks. Be able to identify deer and raccoon.


Butterfly: Do six requirements including the three starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1, 2, and 3.

_____2.* Identify at least 10 animal tracks. Be able to identify deer and raccoon.

_____3.* Explain why smaller animal tracks are more likely to be found in a neighborhood setting.


Eagle: Do seven requirements including the three starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1, 2, and 3.

_____2.* Take a picture of an animal track and discuss the difficulties of taking night photographs of tracks.

_____3.* Learn about molds, and cast a mold of an animal track.


Owls: Do nine requirements including the three starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirement # 1.

_____2.* Do Eagle requirements 2 and 3 with another person and teach some knowledge about what animal made such a track and why it is visible.

_____3.* Share animal tracking knowledge with anyone.


Optional Requirements:

_____4. (With an example of a mole hole.) Be able to explain what you think dug up this dirt and made the ridge in the grass.

_____5. Make a weekend (or three day/night) long activity of taking a series of photographs of tracks to trace where animals are most prevalent.

_____6. Research and discuss litter and the effect that it plays on domestic wildlife creatures.

_____7. Read an age-appropriate book about animals (appropriate to your climate and habitat - such as woodland creatures etc.). Be able to recognize the tracks of the animals you read about.

_____8. Visit a nature museum and study the taxidermy animals and discuss the prints they might make if they were to visit your yard.

_____9. Explain what noise pollution is and how it affects animal habitats.

_____10. Sketch an animal track and compare it to illustrations in a photographic encyclopedia or online (from a reputable source).

_____11. Watch a Magic School Bus episode on habitat (or other appropriate documentary, non-fiction film or short).

_____12. Learn about careers that involve animal tracking. What education do you need for this occupation? What is the pay and work schedule you can expect?  Butterflies, Eagles, and Owls only: If possible, shadow someone with this job for a day.

_____13. Learn about the importance of animal tracking in Native American Indian culture.

_____14. Visit a national park (appropriate to your tracking environment) and learn what information they have to share on your local animal habitats. Share your new knowledge.

_____15. Plan and participate in a 30-minute to one-hour observation session that includes using binoculars or night vision.

_____16. Visit the library and research at least one animal of whose tracks you found. Learn about their habitat environment, food preferences, and a unique fact. Share this information or write a one-page minimum informational set of paragraphs.

_____17. Go backyard camping and watch for animals, and then check for tracks after you have seen them leave a full 15-30 minutes before.

_____18. Organize a service project to promote conservation of wildlife habitats.