Animal Tracks & Signs

By Jinny Johnson; John A. Burton (Consultant)
(National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9781426302534, 192pp.)

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

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Description

When the wilderness callsor even just the back yardyoung nature lovers need a helpful guide to set them on the right track.

Now kids can learn about their favorite animalsfrom cheetahs to snakesin a whole new way: from the signs they leave behind. What does a row of tracks signify? What can we tell from an accumulation of twigs left behind in the crook of a tree? What are those squiggly marks in the sand? Animal Tracks and Signs gives young readers the knowledge and expertise to interpret these mysteries.

This beautifully illustrated volume is a species-by-species guide to the clues left behind by over 400 animals on planet Earth. The inviting text helps readers identify what to look for when tracking animals (or imagining tracking them) in the wild or in the back yard: tracks and footprints; feeding signs; droppings and pellets; animal dens, nests, and hiding places; and other specific signs of animal behavior. The author also shares expert advice on how to observe animals in the wild anywhere in the world. Life-size illustrations of footprints (and droppings!) bring the wild alive on the page. Stunning wildlife photography and clear diagrams make this a visually powerful book sure to capture the imagination of every young reader.




About the Author
Jinny Johnson has written and edited several titles on natural history and the human body. She is also the author of Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Senses.

Jinny Johnson has written numerous books on natural history for children on topics ranging from dinosaurs and insects to rain forests and deserts. She has a lifelong passion for wildlife and is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
John A. Burton founded the World Land Trust to protect and save endangered habitats for wildlife. He is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and Vice President of the Bat Conservation Trust. He has written many books on natural history, specializing in field guides.
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