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Nature Trail Hvozdnice

Traces of Life in a Forest

Forests are full of life, though it may not be apparent at the first sight. Most of the animals are very shy, hiding from people. The ones who reside in the forest leave certain characteristic marks. Spoors are the most frequent and best seen residence characteristics. It is very easy to identify it´s owner, mainly in snow. Under good circumstances we can even see a long track of the animal, we could see if it was walking slowly or running. If we find a nice spoor, we can try to make a nice casting of it. There are some rules to follow while casting, such as selecting a nice imprint, it´s gentle celansing from snad, hair or soil. We also have to prepare right gypsum, neither thin nor thick. The remains of food, such as gnawed cones or nuts (from squirrels and mice) or indigestible remainders from owls and predators, can be also found. We can spot animal droppings, we may even find deer antlers, furr, feathers or eggs. We can judge by wood damage, branch snapping, bark peeling if it was done by a doe, rabbit, vole or a squirrel.

Galls of small insects are another interesting residence characteristics. The most common galls are oak galls, produced by laevae of tiny hymenoptera insects. These larvae or some aphids are producing a hormone auxin, causing growth of the plant tissue and thus producing a gall. They are ensuring food growing next to it´s own mouth.

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Stopa kočky

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Useful information

Contact

Regional Authority of the Moravian – Silesian Region Department of the Environment and Agriculture 28. října 117, 702 18 Ostrava www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz Telephone.: +420 595 622 297

GPS position

N 49° 54.251', E 17° 48.628'
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Contact

Krajský úřad Moravskoslezského kraje
Odbor životního prostředí a zemědělství
28. října 117, Ostrava
Tel.:+420 595 622 297
http://www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz