Books

Free eBook: The Art of Tracking: The Origin of Science

by Louis Liebenberg

The Art of Tracking E-bookIn a work of painstaking and wide-ranging scholarship, backed up by fieldwork among the Kalahari hunter-gatherers, Louis Liebenberg explains how the art of tracking represents a crucial step in human evolution. Liebenberg examines the principles of tracking, and the classification and interpretation of spoor under difficult conditions. He also shows how the original speculative hypotheses of early hunter-gatherers have a direct line to the propositions of modern physicists who "track" sub-atomic particles. Liebenberg argues that the art of tracking involves the same intellectual and creative abilities as physics and mathematics, and may therefore represent the origin of science itself.

"A multi-disciplinary tour de fource... original, well-researched, clear on terminology, gives attention to detail, and makes for stimulating and enjoyable reading." South African Archaelological Bulletin

Free eBook: A Field Guide to the Animal Tracks of Southern Africa

by Louis Liebenberg

Field-Guide-Animal-TracksThis is the first comprehensive field guide to the animal tracks of southern Africa. In the first, introductory section, author Louis Liebenberg explains how to identify and interpret spoor, and how to master the basics of tracking.

The second and far larger part contains the field guide proper, and includes sections on the invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the sub-continent. In addition to almost a hundred pages of highly accurate illustrations of spoor, drawn from the field, the guide provides detailed entries describing the prominent features of the spoor and general information on the animals - their size, identification, habits, distribution and habitat. Distribution maps are also included.

 

 

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Download Free eBook pdf of Animal Track Illustrations - a convenient quick reference of animal track illustrations ideal for Kindle or Tablets. Print out the pages and ring-bind to create a paper field guide.

 

 

 

   

 

Practical Tracking: A Guide to Following Footprints and Finding Animals

by Louis Liebenberg, Adriaan Louw and Mark Elbroch

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Finding and identifying tracks and sign of an animal's passing is only part of the ultimate goal for serious trackers, hunters, and outdoorspeople. They want to follow the trail to reach the animal in question. This detailed guide teaches them how. Written by a trio of master trackers, it covers what to look for to discern an animal's pathway, what information tracks and sign convey, how to move through the wilderness to get in sight of the quarry, how to avoid dangerous encounters, and more.

The Mammals of Southern Africa and their Tracks and Signs

By Lee Gutteridge and Louis Liebenberg

tracks-signsThe ability to accurately read difficult, partial or little-seen signs left in the soil or sand is rare and largely the domain of professionals but Mammal of southern Africa and their Tracks and Signs is a guide for both beginner and expert alike. It combines Louis Liebenberg's accurate sketches with Lee Gutteridge's diverse range of colour photographs, illustrating the spoor in different types of terrain. These images explain the difficult truth of the matter, and represent what you are most likely to see in the many different substrates where the animals walk.

Additionally the book features a key to the padded foot tracks of the region, assisting with the track identification of our different predators and pad-footed herbivores. This is a brand new concept that has never been done before. Other signs such as scat, claw marks, pastings, wallows, rubs and rolls are also included in the photographs, giving an all-round impression of the signs that animals may leave behind. This field guide also serves as an ID guide to the mammals of southern Africa as full colour photographs of each animal are included.

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa

by Louis Liebenberg

tracks_trackingClear and detailed illustrations of more than 110 animal tracks; 160 full colour photographs of animals and signs, and distribution maps; authoritative text, by an internationally noted expert, describing the spoor and signs left by each animal; and a compact, easy-to-use format; the ideal pocket-size bush companion.

Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species

By Mark Elbroch

Mark-Mammal-TracksThe most thorough treatment of the subject ever published, this amazing guide brings together clear track and trail illustrations, range maps, and full-color photographs showing feeding signs, scat, tunnels, burrows, bedding areas, remains, and more, to give a wealth of information about hundreds of mammal species living in North America. How to find, identify, measure, and interpret the clues mammals leave behind--explained and illustrated like never before. Includes essays that contextualize tracking as a developing science continually garnering more interest and participation; included also are instructive anecdotes from the author's work as a tracker and wildlife expert. An invaluable resource for beginning or professional trackers and wildlife enthusiasts in all North American locations.

Bird Tracks & Sign : A Guide to North American Species

by Mark Elbroch, Eleanor Marks and C. Diane Boretos

Mark-Bird-TracksA sighting in the field is just one way birders can identify bird species. Observant nature-lovers can discover what birds are where by examining tracks, trails, and a variety of bird sign: discarded feathers, feeding leftovers and caches, pellets, nests, droppings, and skulls and bones. This fully illustrated guide--the first of its kind for North American birds--presents thorough and straightforward instruction for identifying bird families or individual species by careful examination of the unique sign they leave behind. It also offers keys to the birds' behavior in the wild.

Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California

By Mark Elbroch, Michael Kresky and Jonah Evans

Mark-Tracks-CaliforniaSpotting an animal's fresh footprints in the wild can conjure a world for the hiker: Why did the deer tracks disappear? Where did the cougar turn off the trail? What does it mean when two sets of footprints seem to coincide? This beautifully illustrated field guide, the first devoted to the tracks and signs of California animals—including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like spiders and beetles—blends meticulous science with field experience to provide an engaging companion for both armchair exploration and easy field identification. Filled with useful tools for the wildlife expert, and essential background and visual aids for the novice, including in-depth information about the ecology of each species, this book goes beyond basic recognition of types to interpret what animals leave behind as a way of "seeing" how they move through the world.

Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals

by Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart

Mark-Behavior-MammalsOftentimes when we glimpse an animal in the wild, we have no idea what we've seen. We want to know, and field guides are an ideal aid for identification. But when we want to know more about the lives of these animals—their natural histories, their place in the larger ecological community, and where to look for them in the future—we can now turn to Behavior of North American Mammals.

This exciting new addition to the Peterson Reference Guide series is highly readable and full of fascinating facts. For example, when an opossum plays dead it isn't pretending: opossums actually do enter a catatonic deathlike state. Armadillos sequester air in their guts, blow up to twice their normal volume, and paddle across the water. And beavers stockpile food for winter by caching it in beneath a raft of branches, which gets frozen in place and keeps them well supplied until spring.

Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species

By Mark Elbroch

Mark-SkullsThis uniquely thorough reference and guidebook offers illustrations, descriptions, and measurements for the skulls of some 275 animal species found throughout North America. The skull--the collection of bones that house and protect a creature's brain and sensory organs--is the key anatomical feature used to identify an animal and understand many of its behaviors. This book describes in words and pictures the bones and regions of the skull important to identification, including illustrations of all the bones in the cranium, leading to a greater understanding of a creature's place in the natural world. Life-size drawings and detailed measurements make this guide an invaluable reference for wildlife professionals, trackers, and animal-lovers alike.

Stories in Tracks & Sign: Reading the Clues that Animals Leave Behind

by Diane Gibbons and Mark Elbroch

Mark-Stories-TracksBeautiful nature photographs combined with illustrations allow readers to discover the mystery behind wild animal tracks and sign. Detailed information about each sign is provided, urging readers to imagine what animal might have made a particular footprint, left fleece on a rock, built a nest in a grill, and so on. On the next page, an illustration overlaid on the photograph shows what animal made the sign, such as a bobcat balancing on a snow-covered log. Certain to delight readers of all ages, this book presents a unique perspective on how to read animal tracks and sign in the wild.