On the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend, Jane and students Qi, Summer, Lauren, Angeline and Loren checked out the beaches for birds and marine debris. Expecting to see hundreds of Cassin’s Auklets (a lone Pacific Loon, that’s it) they turned their attention to other beach curiosities. Here’s a look:
Domestic dog print. But wait! How do we know it’s not a coyote? Two front toes (and nails) are spread far apart (coyotes’ nails nearly touch).
Hoof print. Most force on forward (leading) edge.
Larid (gull) print. Bird is walking towards the top of the photo.
American Crow foot. Toes are segmented. With fast movement, nails catch in the sand, extending straight lines from front toes.
Three-toed Shorebird. So tiny!