Hiking (bushwhacking) 2:30:00  3.0 mi (50:00 / mi) +200ft 47:02 / mi
Winter tracking session at Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest, organized by Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee, Berkshires Natural Resources Council, DCR State Parks, and Great Barrington Land Conservancy. There were about 18 participants.
Unfortunately, the snow only arrived last night, so there weren't a lot of tracks to find; that will be much easier tomorrow.
We started off spotting a lot of mouse tracks, then a nice find of a track by a mink. Later we'd observe racoon, porcupine, and grey squirrel tracks as well.
I'm always amazed at the knowledge that these guides possess, especialy since it is so diverse and includes the flora and the fauna. As one example: if you find a lot of wood chips at the base of a tree, courtesy of a Pilieated Woodpecker, it behooves you to search through those chips to see if you can find some scat from that bird. If you do, it would be about an inch to 1.5" long and about a quarter inch in diameter. Open it up and you will find the exoskeletons of carpenter ants, neatly arranged in the order that they were eaten. Cool, no?