The ability to detect and interpret physical disturbances in a specific environment that indicate the presence or passing of another living creature is a skill set born of irresistible compulsion. Those historical skills once developed are the same practiced and used today. The only difference is the lack of necessity; right now. The creation of markets decreased the requirement for the skill of tracking. While each of us possesses the gene that tells us we need to look for food when the shelves go bare, the ability to track for food in a natural environment increases in difficulty with a decrease in practice. From necessity developed the will, and ultimately, a life discipline. As with many disciplines, constant practice is required to maintain efficiency.
Available today are data bases that are easily accessible to a vast number of people. Additionally, applied sciences have provided trackers many related analysis tools that can now explain not just how to interpret tracks, but the physics behind the questions of why a track looks the way it does.
The expansion of our understanding of tracking and the related disciplines that help interpret why and how the tracks are created, assist search and rescue professionals, naturalists in further studies and observations, scientists in locating the proper animals to study, forensic and security considerations, hunters, survivalists and even enthusiasts working to improve their skill sets.
AGTS endeavors to consolidate that information and reduce the relevant data into an understandable and applicable resource that is available to anyone interested in developing their tracking skills.