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The Tracker's Field Guide by James C. Lowery
New 2nd Edition in Color!

The Tracker's Field Guide by James C. Lowery


2ND EDITION READY TO SHIP!

The second edition of this field guide is now in stock for immediate shipment. Some improvements over the first edition:

* Almost all of the 480 photos are now in color
* Mammal range maps updated to include Canada and Alaska
* 39 new track and sign photos have been added

Teach yourself tracking! Most trackers want to move beyond track ID into the animal's world. They ask why is the animal here, what is it eating, where is it going, is it male or female, juvenile or adult? Whether you are a beginning or advanced tracker, you will find that The Tracker's Field Guide will guide you in track interpretation as well as the essential biology of the animal you've discovered. It is the only field reference on the market that does so, including as it does scores of track interpretation examples about behavior, gaits, body language and habits. Also, the track ID pages include hundreds of precise drawings and excellent photos as well as tips on the "nitty-gritty" of track ID, drawing from our decades of field research. (When your choice is down to kit fox vs. gray fox, or mule deer vs. antelope, the fine points really help!) The Tracker's Field Guide is easy to use and will facilitate a new relationship with the outdoors.

Yes, you can "teach yourself tracking." Taking a class or two helps, but your own field work with a good reference in hand will advance your skills and connect you with the animals in the most durable way.


Some Features:

  • 406 pages with 480 photos and hundreds of drawings
  • Easy-to-use track ID pages for each mammal
  • Scores of track interpretation examples unique among tracking books
  • "Track Windows" for each mammal, showing how your tracking can access that animal's unique biology and personality
  • Consise and thorough "Notes for the Tracker" about each animal's biology written specifically for field use.

"The Tracker's Field Guide is a truly helpful work of art! Gratitude to Jim Lowery for his user friendly and inviting presentation of the complex and magical world of tracking and connecting to the natural world."
Jon Young, Author of *What the Robin Knows*
8 Shields Institute

"Jim Lowery has written a superb field guide based on a lifetime of tracking experience and thousands of hours instructing students in the art and science of this ancient skill. The information he presents is highly insightful and guaranteed to enrich your own journey in tracking."
Bill Marple
Director of Tracking at Tom Brown jr's Tracker School
Founder of Earth Voices

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Walk with the Animal. A Tracking Methodology by Jim Lowery




WWTAcoverAny tracker encountering a fresh trail is tantalized by the prospect of following it to enter the animal's world. How can this be done? How is it possible to follow a trail across difficult terrain? To keep on the trail of even a mouse? To follow a trail that is weeks old?

Veteran tracking instructor Jim Lowery spent two and a half years perfecting practical and intuitive methods for trailing animals. He tracked humans, bears, deer, kit foxes, kangaroo rats and cottontails, among many other species; some trails were minutes old and some more than a month. He discovered that the secrets of such tracking reside in one's initial contact with the trail, as well as in one's mental attitude. Techniques to "walk with the animal" rather than just look for tracks are discussed and then illuminated through 30 case examples..

Intuitive tracking is discussed and illustrated at length, a subject touched on by few contemporary tracking references. Stunning illustrations by Maura Jess are included in the book. 64 pages.

Contents:
The Wall Project: Origin of the Methodology
Discovering Holistic Tracking
Making Contact with the Trail: Calibration & Connection
Maintaining Contact with the Trail: Listening to the Inner Voice & Seeking Confirmation
Techniques at the Wall: The Outcome
Techniques at the Wall: The Practical
Techniques at the Wall: The Intuitive
Future Study for Tracking Students

$12.50
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EARTH SKILLS MONOGRAPHS


Jaguarundi Tracks

by James Lowery
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Four page monograph providing descriptions, methods and illustration from our 2012 project to record jaguarundi tracks from captive animals at the Feline Conservation Center in Rosamond, CA. The jaguarundi is a feline whose presence has been recently verified in Texas; otherwise its range extends from Mexico through Central and South America. There are very few photographs or illustrations of jaguarundi tracks among North American field guides. This monograph explains how the tracks were obtained and gives observations about differences and similarities among jaguarundi tracks and other felid tracks.

$4.00
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Canid Track Identification
by James Lowery

Fifteen page monograph providing methods and tips for distinguishing among tracks of coyote, domestic dog, gray fox, kit fox and red fox. Written for field biologist monitoring but useful for all trackers. Includes 36 color photographs to illustrate principles.


$8.00
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Human Track Interpretation Methodology
by James Lowery


This 9 page monograph removes much of the mystery about interpreting tracks for motion (head turns, pivots etc.) by introducing a straightforward series of analyses that I developed in 1993 in order to really understand balance and how it's reflected in tracks. We've used these methods in many of our track reading workshops. You'll see how elements from "internal pitch" to a shoe's broken tread patterns come together to explain exactly how a person moved. Nine pages plus a field study form.

$5.00
includes postage in U.S



Gait Analysis: Gallops, Bounds and Lopes
by James Lowery


Gallops, bounds and lopes are thoroughly described and illustrated in this 11-page monograph, which tackles confusing and contradictory terminology within different areas of the tracking world. Beyond gait classification, this treatise shows how to evaluate track patterns for speed, leg movement sequence, front and hind leads, airborne phases, three and four-beat gaits, and body posture.

$5.00
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Southern California Plant Uses
by Mary Brooks and James Lowery
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We combined our own field experience with a thorough review of dozens of references covering ethnobotany, survival, and medicinal and edible plants, to write this easy-to-use summary of the uses of 37 plants (trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals) that are widespread in our area and that have multiple uses. This 50 page booklet also includes a bibliography. Many listed plants such as oak, pine, elderberry, cactus and nettle to name a few are also found in many habitats outside of southern California. (This reference is included with the enrollment in our Plant Uses class.)

$9.00
includes postage in U.S

 

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Earth Skills Cap

"Trotting gray fox tracks course across your Earth Skills cap. Comfortable to wear, and inconspicuous for those animal-watching moments."
 

Color: Natural
Sizes: On size fits all

$14.92
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Earth Skills T shirts — only available here!

T shirt: Blue (fox design)

"This handsome blue T shirt expresses your loyalty and a touch of royalty with a tracking theme."
 

Sizes: L

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T shirt: Natural (fox design)

"A Patagonia undyed T shirt from organic cotton wears really comfortably as it scores environmental points. Tracking design with gray fox."

Sizes: KIDS' L; S, L, 2X

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T shirt: Ash (shelter design)

"Crow about your survival class accomplishments with a T shirt that shows a debris hut and useful plant landscape in strikingly handsome contrast."

Sizes: L, XL

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T shirt: Green (shelter design)

"You may see more wildlife by blending into the landscape with this green organic cotton T shirt made by Patagonia. Survival theme with shelter and useful plants."

Sizes: L, 2X

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