To learn something about animals by following their tracks.
1. Drawing a map of an animal’s territory Go to any large grassy field such as those outside most airports, and put your nose to the ground. Part the grass and inch along parting it in a straight line for at least ten metres or until you find a vole runway. It will be an unmistakable tubular path about 2 or 3 cm wide like the inside of a toilet paper roll. They are like curving tubes at the bottoms of the grass stems right near where the stems join the roots. If you don’t find one on the first try, try again, maybe in a different field. The runways curve and branch in all directions. Mark off a small area with string and pegs, about one square metre. In your notebook try to draw a map of the vole runs in this little section of the field.
2. Recording an Animal’s Habits If you are in Canada, you probably live somewhere near a spruce forest. In the winter, go cross country skiing or hiking in the forest looking for snowshoe hare tracks. You should be able to find some without too much trouble. They look like this: