Gray fox and sun
David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
Home Page
Tracker-naturalist David Brown provides several services focused on New
England wildlife:
  • Interpretive programs, including animal tracking and bird programs
  • Wildlife inventories, including both mammal tracking and bird surveys
  • Docent training for interpretive walk leaders
  • Wildlife education planning for organizations
Site Map:
  • Encounters presents animal tracking and other wildlife experiences from
    David Brown's journal, species profiles, mammal tracking tips and tracking

  • Services presents information for prospective program sponsors as well
    as information about mammal tracking and bird inventories, docent training
    and wildlife education planning.

  • About presents a bio and background on David Brown.

  • Resources provides reviews and recommendations for books and
websites that contain good information about animal tracking.
This site was last updated on October 9. It is frequently modified with new
programs and information on animal tracking, bird life and other wildlife materials.
Thank you for visiting and check back again.
David Brown

Unless otherwise credited, all images on this site are the property of David W.
Brown and carry either an inherent or registered copyright.

Next Quabbin program:  
Sunday, December 13.
Click here for details.

Trackards for North American Mammals

The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American

and just released:
The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign

by David Brown

Please see the
products page.

Calendar of  programs - Fall-Early Winter 2015
(Additional programs will be added as they are scheduled; For more information, see
Quabbin Trails page or the Sponsored Programs page.)

Saturday, October 17. Northeast Trackers Conference, to be held at the
headquarters of Mass Fish & Wildlife, Westboro, MA. For information see the
conference website:

Sunday, December13. Quabbin Tracking. See the Quabbin Trails page for details.

Tuesday, January 19. Indoor tracking program for the Ware River Nature Club at
Hardwick. Details to be announced.

Saturday, January 23. Outdoor tracking program for Ware River Nature Club. Details
     The cycle of the seasons turns once again.
By late fall the ponds freeze enough to support
the weight of small mammals and with the first
dusting of snow their secret night time activities
are revealed as if by magic as they use the flat,
even surface of the pond to travel about their
hunting range.
     In the photo to the left a fisher has moved
over the ice in a transverse lope, a flat gait that
all weasels use on firm, even surfaces. The gray
fox trail on the left is an aligned trot, a gait more
typical of felids than canids. However, this
particular species of canid shows many cat-like
     There are many stories printed in a thin skim
of early snow that allow us not only to identify the
wild animals involved, but also to put the still
image of the animal in motion in the mind's eye
and watch it interact with its habitat.
     Come along this early winter and try your
hand at identifying and interpreting the trails in
the snow.