Today I thought I would post my top 10 favorite tracking books incase anyone was interesting in what books to look into to learn about wildlife tracking.
Here they are in no particular order.
Animal Tracking Basics would be a good first book for anyone wanting to learn more about wildlife tracking. Its an introductory book but it goes into all of the topics one needs to know to get started.
Mammal Tracks and Sign is in my opinion the best reference book available for mammal tracks and sign, a must for anyone studying tracking.
Bird Tracks and Sign is an excellent book for bird tracks, sign, scats. It also includes nest and feathers.
Tracks and Sign of Reptiles and Amphibians covers tracks, eggs, and sign of reptiles and amphibians.
Tracks and Sign of Insects, yes you can identify insect tracks! This is an excellent insect book, it includes insect eggs, sign, and tracks.
Animal Skulls, the name is pretty self explanatory. In my explorations out in the wilderness I’ve come across many skulls, mostly dear. Having a resource like this to help identify the species is indispensable.
Ever found a feather in the woods and wondered who it was from? Bird Feathers is the resource to find out. An excellent book for anyone interested in birds and birding. This book helps in determining who the feather is from and what kind of feather is it, is it a tail feather, wing feather, etc.
Behavior of North American Mammals gives an account of over 70 species lives over the course of a year. Accounts include daily lives, seasonal habits, foraging, home ranges, communications, mating, dispersal of young, and other interactions in nature.
Tracking and the Art of Seeing is an excellent book that brings together descriptions of species, tracks, gaits, sign, and habits in a single chapter for each species.
Practical Tracking is an excellent book that looks at track and sign but also goes into trailing. Some species are from North America and some are from Africa. This is a must have for anyone looking into trailing. And it’s a fascinating read.
And that’s it, as anyone interested in a subject, I have many more tracking books that I’ve acquired over time, many of them excellent too, but these make up my favorite. Hope this list helps anyone looking to add to their own wildlife library.