Oh What a Beautiful Morning…..Tracking Animals at Marble Brook…

tracking groupOh boy what a morning at Marble Brook for the Kestrel Land Trust Tracking Hike!  The sun was shining, the temperature was a balmy 30 degrees, and the company was excellent!  And Marble Brook, its farmland, hemlock forest, and a pond known lovingly as Mosquito Hollow, didn’t disappoint.  No mosquitoes at the hike, just lots of tracks and fun; Coyote, fox, porcupine, beaver, squirrel, fisher…The Gayette-Clapp Family wanted their forest preserved forever while still retaining ownership so they sold the development rights to Kestrel as a conservation restriction.  It is a pristine environment with exceptional habitat.  We also picked up the two remote cameras that Bill, Kay and I placed two weeks ago.

What a morning, it was made even more exceptional because The Man of the Mountain, Armand LaPalme, came out to help us track!  Also, thanks to Dave Herships for co-leading the hike,  he’s always there taking care of things.  A quick shout-out to Susan Morse of Keeping Track, who trained me to track wildlife.  What an amazing women!

Take a look at some of the morning highlights: (remember to click on the pic to enlarge):

Look at those quills!

Look at those quills!

How does porcupines make love?   Very carefully...

How do porcupines make love? Very carefully…

The porky den complete with lots of sawdust scat and qulls at the entrance.

The porky den complete with lots of sawdust scat and quills at the entrance.

On our way out, we spotted this porky out on the corn field, foraging for food.

On our way out, we spotted this porky out on the corn field, foraging for food.

Armand LaPalme helps me check out some coyote scat.

Armand LaPalme helps me check out some coyote scat.

Coyote scat.  Notice all the hair from a rabbit.

Coyote scat. Notice all the hair from a rabbit.

mouse meets coyote...

mouse meets coyote…

Yours truly showing some of the tracks we might see.

Yours truly showing some of the tracks we might see.

So much of Marble Brook is so photogenic!

So much of Marble Brook is so photogenic!

The Group was photogenic as well!

The Group was photogenic as well!

Here's Kari Blood, Kestel's Program Coordinator.  She works to pull the hikes together.

Here’s Kari Blood, Kestel’s Program Coordinator. She works to pull the hikes together.

Armand sharing a laugh with some of the hikers.

Armand sharing a laugh with some of the hikers.

Deer tracks. notice the hooves and the dew claws on the back.

Deer tracks. notice the hooves and the dew claws on the back.

Marble Brook!

Marble Brook!

Puxatawney Phil doesn't have anything on our Marble Brook Porky:  he thinks we'll have an early spring! Here's hoping...

Puxatawney Phil doesn’t have anything on our Marble Brook Porky: he thinks we’ll have an early spring! Here’s hoping…

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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