Now that it’s cold and the trees are bare, getting outside to observe nature can seem more trouble than it’s worth. But this “quiet season” conceals a lot of activity. After a snowfall some of that activity is revealed to the sharp-eyed observer.

Many mammals are nocturnal and hard to spot, but a fresh coat of snow on the ground creates perfect conditions for documenting their movements. Tracks can be found just about everywhere, once you start looking.

Take a couple of moments to observe: you have a great chance to find out what your local animal population has been up to.

Download a free mini-journal and begin observing tracks in your neighborhood today