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Animal Tracking

Bobcat Track and Sign

Bobcat Track and Sign: Class or Recess? “Got the trail?” I called. “Yup!” another voice rang out, clear in the white stillness of a snowy forest above a stream ravine. It was a chilly Friday morning at Wilderness Awareness School’s high school program, Community School. Four of us—two instructors and two young women—had fallen into…

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Bushcraft

Hide-tanning a Deerskin – Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series on hide-tanning a deerskin to make buckskin. Click here to read part one for tips on materials, storage, graining and scraping your hide. Day 2: Braining Your Hide Take your hide out of the water and bring it to your work area. Fill a bucket with…

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Animal Tracking

North American Mammals Master List: The First Tool of a Tracker

Mammal Mania Meets Mammals Master List   I don’t remember her name, but what I do remember about the girl who sat in front of me in 3rd grade had to do with one thing: dolphins. She had dolphin stickers on her notebooks and dolphin earrings in her newly pierced ears. She brought her dolphin…

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Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Hide-tanning a Deerskin – Part 1

 This is part one in a two-part series on hide-tanning a deerskin to make buckskin. Look for part two soon.    During my year at Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School, guest instructor Dan Corcoran taught the class how to use hide-tanning to make a deerskin into buckskin. It was one of my favorite weeks…

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Outdoor Safety Tips, Wild Food Foraging, Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Poisonous Mushrooms

A common pastime of outdoor enthusiasts is collecting edible mushrooms. This endeavor must be pursued with great caution since mistaking a poisonous mushroom for one that is edible can cost you your life. There are many old wives tales that would have you believe that there are easy ways to avoid poisonous mushrooms through blanket…

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Animal Tracking

Rabbit Tracks and Sign

Snow: A Rabbit Track and Sign Paradise It was mid-January in Western Washington, and the snow was coming down hard on my yurt seven miles up the mountain from town. The power was out, the roads were treacherous, and no end was in sight. It might have been my imagination, but I swore I heard…

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Wild Food Foraging, Wild Plants

Survival Foods: Plants – cattail, conifers, grasses and acorns

Ever wondered what kinds of survival foods you could eat if you were caught in a survival situation? When I first came to Washington state all I could see was a wall of green plants. I knew nothing about what I could and could not eat if I were to get lost in the woods….

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Animal Tracking

Coyote Tracks and Sign

Twin Trails: Double the Coyote Tracks and Sign The two animals trotted south in the wet sand along the ocean’s edge about 60 feet up from the beach. They passed over the spot where a bald eagle had landed, by the carcass of a seal, across a stream that flowed out of the woods and…

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Outdoor Safety Tips

Poisonous Spiders – How to Identify Them

Poisonous Spiders: The Black Widow When considering poisonous spiders and spider identification, the first one that comes to mind is the black widow. In North America, there are around five species of the Black widow spider. You can easily identify the black widow, especially the female, because of it’s round, bulbous belly. The female black…

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Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

How to Build a Coracle

Once humans developed a need to travel on water in order to fish, trade and explore, cultures worldwide created lightweight boats consisting of the skin of an animal stretched over a light frame of wooden poles or strips. One such boat is the coracle. This is a boat of the British Isles and is varied…

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