For example, while out and about with my advanced ecology students, I found some nice tracks.
So, I felt fortunate to find such nice prints.
The last good evidence of active skunks on-site was a brief glimpse during our first snow-storm of the winter (seen below investingating an old burrow) back in late December.
But...now they are on the prowl again. February can be an important breeding period for them 'round here. Interestingly, it is also the same time (within a couple of days) that I first got pics of them active in 2012 at this site (see here).
The students were also setting up some scent stations last week during "lab" (outdoor lab, that is....indoor labs give me a case of the BORINGS! :) ). This is similar to the experiment we set up last year.
A good indication that you've found a decent spot is the presence of scat....tracks....or a urine mark. So, how about all three?!
This year, unlike last year, frozen ground was a force to be reckoned with.
Now we wait to see who meanders by.....