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The Tracker's Field Guide by James C. Lowery
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Teach yourself tracking! Some veteran tracking instructors have called this guide the best mammal tracking guide for field use. Besides extensive drawings, photos and tips for identifying tracks, this book also provides comprehensive "notes for the tracker" and "track windows" so you can quickly go beyond identification to relate the tracks you find to animals' biology, behavior and habitat. Unique to tracking guides on the market, this one includes scores of track interpretation examples. 406 pages

And now, combine this field guide with two workbooks described below, written to provide you with lots of practice on track identification, gaits and track interpretation.

"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

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Any 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.

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

This volume is available in printed or digital format. The printed version is a compact 6” x 9” book you can carry with you for comfortable and tangible access to the deeper world of tracking, something you can read and share when you’d like to bypass the electronic gateway. The digital file is a pdf easily readable on a desktop or mobile device using its native reader or Kindle.

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Mammal Tracking Workbook I: Track Identification by Jim Lowery

I developed this easy-to use workbook for both beginning and advancing trackers. It discusses track identification methods, takes you though compiling a list of local mammals, gives flash cards and sorting exercises to become familiar with local tracks, and includes track identification examples using photos. There are 12 practice ID quizzes with thorough discussion. The workbook also guides you through establishing a field journal. It is perfect for self-study, either starting from scratch or as a valuable adjunct to beginning tracking classes you may have taken. (You may use The Tracker's Field Guide or another favorite field guide in conjunction with the workbook.) This is a digital pdf file, part of which is intended to be printed.

“[My] students found this workbook to be engaging and one of the best tools for learning tracking that they have ever seen.”

-Jason Hamilton, Chair, Environmental Studies, Ithaca College

“This is an incredible resource for learning Mammal Track ID. I estimate, without your...Field Guide and this Workbook, my time to get to my current skill level would have been thousands of hours.”

- Dave Cooper, SAR tracker

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Mammal Tracking Workbook II: Gaits & Track Interpretation by Jim Lowery

The full richness of a trail emerges when you can visualize precisely the speed, gait, posture and body language of your animal from its tracks. With the right approach, any dedicated tracker can do this, and I designed this workbook to show you how and provide a lot of practice with examples, assignments and high-resolution photos to interpret. (The workbook grew out of many gait and animal movement classes we have taught since 2001.) This pdf file is designed for zooming in and out as you study track sequences. The workbook is supported by six gait videos viewable elsewhere on this website at no charge. This is a truly unique resource in today's expanding world of track study.

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“Jaguarundi Tracks” by James Lowery

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.



“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.





“Mountain Lion Movement Study” by James Lowery

This unique study describes our work with a captive mountain lion, Spirit, whom we watched and filmed as he fast-walked, trotted and pace-walked through a 15-foot long tracking box. There is an analysis of his gaits and the resulting track patterns, with large-scale photos that can be studied for fine detail in the tracks. This is a digital file that can be printed or studied on a desktop, laptop or tablet. It is keyed to a free-to-view video of Spirit's gaits that include slow-motion segments.



“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.



“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.



Southern California Plant Uses by Mary Brooks and James Lowery

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.)



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