Fields Pond Nature Center Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Tracks are an integral part of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. People make their own tracks. Just look ahead or behind. But humans aren’t the only ones out in the woods and fields during winter. There are the animals of winter. How often have you snowshoed out in the forest only to see a set of tracks cross the trail and head into the woods? Was it a moose? Maybe it was a deer. One place to get a handle on which animal makes which tracks is the Maine Audubon Society’s Fields Pond Nature Center in Holden.
The center opened its doors in 1997 and prides itself on its winter tracking programs, according to the center’s director Judy Kellogg Markowsky. On the 170 acres of pine and cedar trees, flat fields, and birdhouses near the shore of Fields Pond, visitors can find the tracks of a number of nature’s creatures, like the ruffed grouse, white-tail deer, red fox, red squirrel, deer mouse, masked shrew, and meadow vole. Each of the animals leaves a distinctive pattern in the snow. Though you might not see a deer, you may see the tracks left behind. Surface quality: Unpacked."