Being a naturalist I think tracking is an important skill to cultivate - at least some tracking knowledge can help you make sense of the story that is happening around you. If you know who is living in your neighborhood then that can inform a lot of other information - like whether if you decide to plant kale ornamentally at the edge of your driveway are the rabbits going to eat it before you do? Or whether you have to be concerned if you have an open compost pile close to your home. (I can assure you there are critters eating it).
I live in an area where finding foot prints can be somewhat challenging. There's no river bank in my back yard or sand dune. And, it almost never snows here. But, that doesn't slow me down. When I know I'm going to be in a spot that could potentially have foot prints and other body sign I try hard to slow down enough to take a look and see what story I can assess from it.
Today's link is a short article that's about who and what to look for in your neighborhood. It's a broad scope of animals. What I particularly like about this article on tracking is that the writer, Matt Miller, gives just enough information to build on the animals personality or behavior which in turn helps us to better figure out who we are tracking as well as where they are going. There are several species of animal who have similar looking tracks - so similar that they can be very difficult to tell who they are by looking at one single track. But, if you can find several tracks not only can you tell which direction they went but whether they are a fox or small coyote.. Pretty cool!