This week challenge was to focus on winter mammals. During the winter many mammals become elusive. We are fortunate to live near a National Wildlife Refuge which provides an excellent locale for our weekly adventures. Today we were able to hike a trail and drive through the preserve on a "mammal hunt". The children were very excited to discover multiple sets of deer tracks. Our area is heavily populated with white-tailed deer and this particular refuge is also home to an introduced Asian species the sika deer. Based on the size of our tracks we were able to identified them as white tailed deer. In addition to these tracks we spotted squirrels, and the scat of wild horses. We also found these tracks but were unable to identify them due to their degradation.
We plan on continuing our mammals study throughout the spring in hopes of discovering more animals.