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 February 8. 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:  
turday, February 20.
Click here for details.

Trackards for North American Mammals

The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American

The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign
by David Brown

Please see the
products page.

Calendar of  programs - Winter 2016
(Additional programs will be added as they are scheduled; For more information, see
Quabbin Trails page or the Sponsored Programs page.)

Saturday, February 20. Quabbin Tracking. See Quabbin Trails page for details.

Saturday, February 27. Winter Tracking in Southborough. See the Sponsored
Programs page for details.

Saturday, March 5, 1-3pm. Winter Tracking at Iversen. See the Sponsored Programs
page for details.

Sunday, March 6, 10am-3pm. Quabbin Tracking. See the Quabbin Trails page for

Saturday, March 19, Alewife Wildlife Walk.
See the Sponsored Programs page for
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
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 t
he 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 winter and try your hand at
identifying and interpreting the trails in the snow.