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Naturalist Notebook 

July 18, 2012

Spotlight On…

This week we’re doing something a little different. Pictured below are some animal tracks. Can you guess who left them behind?
Photo: © Hans Hillewaert

Here are some hints:

  • This animal’s front track is usually about 2 in (5.7 cm) long, and its hind track is usually about 3 in (7.9 cm) long.
  • This animal is an omnivore and will eat just about anything.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 22th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to do some more animal tracking. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 11:48 am


  1. Looks like a raccoon?

    Comment by Chanel — July 18, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Our lone guess was correct! These tracks were left by a raccoon (Procyon lotor). To learn more about raccoons and to see videos and photos of them, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — July 22, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

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