Last weekend when I was on a sweet little date with my boy we made animal track casts. It was super fun to hunt the rivers edge for just the right tracks to cast. It was a bit more difficult than we were expecting to find just the right prints, we had seen some super cool raccoon prints down there in the past and were hoping to find some more.
Alas we finally found deer, dog and, what he believes is baby skunk scratch mark. He has seen a skunk family in that neck of the woods so even though it is a poor track I am going to go with skunk.
To find these tracks we had to go through some brush a bit off the main trail. It was obviously a spot the creatures like to frequent, maybe because it is off the beaten track.
We made up the casting material by simply mixing with water in an old nut butter container we brought along.
Collars were made from sturdy cardboard and paper clips and the casting mix was gently poured into each print.
In about 30 min we took off the collar and pulled out the cast.
We waited a day for the plaster to dry and set up. Then the next day they all got a nice little wash down outside.
They turned out pretty neat.
We are keen to make more casts and I am sure more track hunting is in our future. There is talk of making a casting kit for the Jeep so we have all of the supplies available when we see another cool track like the raccoon one we spotted in the past.
When we got home we did a bit of research.
Animal Tracks & Signs is another super amazing book about all things in animal tracking. From the actual tracks to scat, to nests and burrows it has any sign you might see out there in the big wild world covered.
Do you ever find animal tracks in your neck of the woods? What do you see?
Have you ever made casts?
Do you have a favorite track resource?
We would love to hear your tracking stories!