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Walk, Look and Learn Hike: Animal Signs and Behaviors with Linda Spielman

Tuesday 08/23/2022 10:00 am

Hike rating:

Distance – 1-3 miles; Terrain – Moderate; Pace – Relaxed; Overall rating – Easy

Event/Trailhead location:

Intersection of Station Road and Bald Hill Road in Danby:
(click for map).

Hike Leader:
Gary Mallow


Hike leader contact information will be sent in the email acknowledging that you have registered for this hike. 

Hike Details:


All kinds of animals live in the woods and fields around us, but most are too wary, too rare, or not active in the daytime so we very rarely see them.  However, as they go about hunting for food, mates or good hiding places, they leave signs of their activities on the ground and in the trees and other vegetation.

Animal tracking and behavior expert Linda Spielman has kindly agreed to lead a summer outing for CTC.  Linda has 30 years of experience tracking animals and observing their behaviors and is the author of A Field Guid to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast. Being in the woods with Linda any time of year is an incredible opportunity to learn about the animals around us!


The junction of Station and Bald Hill Roads in Danby. The directions from Ithaca are: Take Rt. 96B south past Ithaca College and into Danby. Go past Gunderman Road and take the next right on Bald Hill Road. Follow Bald Hill Road for about 2 ½ miles. There’s a big curve to the right—that’s where Station Road starts. There’s plenty of space to park on the south side of the curve. Showers are predicted, which won’t be a problem.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring water and insect repellent if you use it. Bring a sandwich or a snack.

If you will have trouble navigating to the trailhead, email Gary Mallow at the address above.

Check this space the morning of the hike for any changes or a cancellation.



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