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Even today there is a great deal that is unknown about the habits of some of our most common animals.  Every Scout who goes into the woods should know something of the unseen life that is all about him.  There are various ways to study these creatures of the woods, but some general rules of observation may be useful. 

Remember that every animal from the smallest mouse to the largest bear and deer, has his own life history.  All have to compete for a livelihood.  The only way we may know of their habits is to use our eyes, ears and brains.  Patience and care, combined with a genuine interest in the subject, are the prime requisites of any true nature watcher.  

How to Find Animals 

Animal Signs: 

bulletTracks, chewings, scat, homes or dens, feeding signs; 
bulletScent, sound and sight

 Knowledge of Haunts

bulletLearn where various animals are to be found. 
bulletGo to the likely places, not once but many times. 

Keeping Still 

bulletPatience and care are needed.  
bullet Choose a good seat for your vantage point near a likely place and wait.
bulletDo not sit or stay in a strained position when the animal arrives. 

What to Look For 

Watch and see what the animal is doing: 

bulletHow and what does it eat? 
bulletDoes it run, jump, walk or climb? 
bulletIs it nervous or calm? 
bulletWhat is it doing most of the time? 
bulletDoes he go far from his home? 

Do not be afraid to try experiments. 

Test the animal under different conditions and visit it as many times as is possible. 

Don't Take Too Much for Granted! 

bulletBelieve your own eyes rather than the other guy's mouth. 
bulletYour own observation is valuable. Stick to facts. 

(see also: Animal Tracks)






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