My sister convinced me to sign up with her to obtain Naturalist Certification through the Delaware Nature Society. It’s a nine-month program that covers local flora, fauna, and ecosystems through both lecture and field trips. Part of the requirement for successful completion is the writing of field journals that include either photographs or drawings of what was seen on the field trips. I’ve chosen to do mine electronically, and just finished photographing items from the mammals portion of the course. Ironically, a mammals field trip doesn’t involve seeing very many mammals. You mostly see signs of mammals, such as scat (or skat), animal tracks, burrows and the occasional bone fragment. I was fortunate enough to find a bone fragment! (My sister found coyote scat).
The bone, by the way, is the lower mandible of the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis).