In November 2012, Elizabeth Lee found this odd sign on a large shagbark hickory tree in Essex, NY. There were several large hickories but only one showed this. There were two of the marks together and a third on the other side of the tree. All between 4-6 feet from the ground. The trees are about 25 yards from the edge of a plowed farm field on the bottom of a slope up into a mixed hardwood forest. Evidence of white tailed deer, turkey, raccoon, porcupine and skunk nearby.
Any help ID’ing the signature would be appreciated.
2012 Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference
Thank you to the 100+ trackers who joined in the fun in 2012!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (9:00 AM sign-in)
$30 per person – Registration Required
Doyle Center, Leominster,MA
2012 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Roland Kays
Plus presentations on a wide variety of wildlife topics.
See the agenda on our Conference Details page
If you would like to be on our wildlife tracker mailing list (sent no more than once a month) let Jane know and she will add you to the list.
Reserve your space at the conference to:
- Find out how fellow trackers have been using wildlife tracking in their work
- Renew friendships and share your experiences
- See exhibits about other tracking-related resources
Please bring your own bag lunch and refillable mug. Coffee/tea and bagels at sign-in. Drinks and snacks provided.
See “Area Information” under “Conference Details” on this web site for a list of nearby restaurants. There are a number of fast food places on Route 12. You may also want to plan to join friends for dinner after the conference. Bring a photo of a track or interesting natural object to mystify others. There will be a table and a board for your “tracking stumpers” This was a great success last year! Please bring some weird wildlife related object (or two or three) that you think others might not recognize. We will have a table for people to explore. (Questions about the stumper table? Contact Lydia Rogers.)
Registration required. No refunds after October 10.
To register (through BEAT): Register Here. After registering on-line you may pay by check or on-line using a credit card or paypal. Or you may print out the Registration Form and mail it in with a check for $30 payable to BEAT, and mail to BEAT, 27 Highland Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201-2413.
This conference is organized by Bob Metcalfe of New England Discovery, Lydia Rogers with Walden Keeping Track and the Wildlife Passage Taskforce, and Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).
Photography: Chris Erb Pat Liddle Jane Winn