Learning to identify wildlife track and sign can be a great tool for any landowner or community wanting to know more about what wildlife species are using their property. I find people tend to associate wildlife track and sign with our game species – deer tracks and antler rubs, moose tracks and browse, bear tracks and scat, etc. – and people are often surprised to learn you can identify the presence of nongame species with track and sign identification as well.
Below you’ll find some examples of tracks and sign left behind by some of our nongame or lesser-tracked species, and tips on how to identify them. You can also join Taking Action for Wildlife team members Haley Andreozzi, and Emma Tutein for a winter wildlife tracking workshop this winter to learn more!
In the right conditions, reptiles (turtles and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders) can leave behind tracks and sign. Here are a couple of examples:
Despite their small stature, squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, shrews, and mice all leave behind tracks and sign. Learning to distinguish the differences in tracks between some of these small critters can be tricky, but here are a couple examples of unique sign left behind by some of our smallest mammals.
With somewhere between 10 and 20,000 insect species in NH alone, it’s no surprise that they leave their mark. It might require a close look, but you can likely find many signs left by insects in your neighborhood. Here are just a few examples: