SCAT CHAT: DON'T TOUCH! BUT DO WATCH!
Have you ever come across a (ahem) deposit in your yard or on a trail and wondered what animal was responsible for leaving behind its calling card?
OC Parks’ new video series, “Scat Chat,” can help you sleuth out what animals share your neighborhood. Each episode focuses on a different animal or animals found in Orange County.
OC Parks Resource Specialist Kelley Brugmann applies her knowledge of local wildlife and the evidence they leave behind in the short videos highlighted on OC Parks’ Facebook and Instagram pages. Using the catchphrase, “Don’t Touch! But do Look,” she encourages viewers to examine animal excrement with a discerning eye. She often compares the scat to common food items to help identify them.
Animal scat can provide clues about an animal’s diet and behavior even if you don’t see them face-to-face. For example, coyotes are omnivores, so you might find anything from animal fur to seeds and berries in their scat.
Scat Chat is part of OC Parks’ virtual programming featured on their social media channels. Other features during parks’ COVID-modified operations have included OC Parks Sound Check online musical performances, Trivia Tuesday Instagram and Facebook stories, and Monday Memories focusing on the County’s history.