Here is a quick update on today’s (Jan. 14, 2015) tracking at the Trent University Nature Area trails, specifically the John de Pencier trail. In general, the tracking was poor with only a few signs of wildlife found. This was likely due to the deep, fluffy snow. Despite the difficulty, we found tracks/trails for Raccoon, Fisher, Porcupine, Red Squirrel, Mouse, Shrew, Ruffed Grouse, Mourning Dove. Noticeably absent were Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel and Coyote. We heard/saw a few American Robins. The weather, trails and scenery were great!
Later I paid a brief visit to the Kawartha Environment Centre; in similar fashion, there were few signs of wildlife. I saw the trail of a single Eastern Cottontail and single Coyote. The usual Black-capped Chickadees were also there.
Don McLeod, Peterborough Field Naturalists