Stopped in Our Tracks

On Saturday, John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services treated a group of 24 kids and adults to an educational program about Animal Tracking at PPL’s Martins Creek Preserve. This lively group was eager to learn about “stride” and “straddle” using indoor sand tracking trays and handmade animal track molds.

With temperatures in the upper 40’s, the group hit the trails at the Lower Mount Bethel Township Welcome Center to see if they could discover any animal tracks in the mud. To our surprise we made a unique discovery on a February day- a garter snake slithering around in the brush! The reptile must be as confused as we are about these warm winter days and lack of snow. 

We finished the program by searching for tracks on the sandy banks of the Delaware River. Our search revealed many different animals had been there recently including a skunk and a muskrat. Can you name the two other animals that left evidence of their visit to the river by leaving their tracks in the sand?

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