Gray fox and sun
David Brown
David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
Quabbin Trails programs * Sponsored programs
Quabbin Trails Programs
Summer 2014
Quabbin Reservoir is surrounded by a huge protected
watershed of forest, field and beaver ponds where human
intrusion is light and wildlife abounds. Even in marginal tracking
or birding conditions, a day spent in this "accidental wilderness"
refreshes the soul.

Suitablility: Outdoor programs are suitable for reasonably fit adults and accompanied teenagers 13 years and
up.. Both beginner and experienced trackers are welcome. However, participants should be free of any medical
condition that might be aggravated by long periods of walking in rough terrain. Since much travel is off-trail,
programs are not suitable for anyone with balance or coordination problems.
Due to the difficulty in obtaining
emergency medical care in remote locations behind locked gates, Quabbin programs are not
recommended for anyone with a history of incapacitating sudden-onset illness.

Clothing and Equipment: Dress for the weather remembering that tracking is often a slow process. Bring a
lunch and more water than you think you will need. Wear rugged boots that are at least moderately waterproof and
long pants and sleeves. Pant-legs can be tucked into socks and both then sprayed with insect repellant to
discourage ticks.

Directions:  Quabbin programs meet at 9:45 a.m. in the country store at the Petersham common. (Please note:
the country store in Petersham has reopened under new management and new bathroom facilities.  From the
common we will carpool-caravan to one of the Quabbin gates. From Boston take Exit 17 (Rte. 32) and go south 6
miles to the common. From other directions see a roadmap or send an e-mail with your home location and
directions will be sent.. Please leave time for the inevitable delays so that you won't be left behind.

Registration: Use the linked registration blank only to register for "Quabbin Trails" programs described on this
page..(For events on the Sponsored Programs page, refer directly to the sponsoring organization for details and
If you wish to register after the deadline indicated in the program description above, please call or e-
mail first to ensure that the program has openings.

  • In the event a program is not adequately subscribed by the registration deadline,
    you will be notified of cancellation at the telephone number or e-mail address
    you supplied on the blank.
  • You may withdraw from a program with refund any time before the registration deadline.       After the
    deadline refund depends on filling the vacancy from a waiting list. In a  personal emergency you may, of
    course, withdraw with refund at any time.
  • If seriously inappropriate weather conditions require cancellation of the program, you will be called or e-
    mailed after the registration deadline according to the contact information supplied on the registration blank.

Quabbin Reservoir from Gate 35  Photo D. Brown
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Tracking Bobcats and other predators of
The clean slate of snow that so readily shows the
trails of animals is long gone. In the summer
months discovering the tracks and sign of wild
animals tests the skills of the tracker far more than
is the case in the winter. Now tracks, trails and
other sign blend with confusing backgrounds. The
premium becomes knowledge of the predator's
habits: what and where is it likely to hunt, what
corridors is it likely to use to get there? This is
"eco-tracking", discovering the relationship
between the animal and its environment, and it is
the real payoff for one's diligence in the tracking
art. Come and join us! Experienced trackers and
beginners are welcome.
Sunday, September 21, 10am-3pm.
Please register by September17 using the blank on the Registration page. After that date, e-mail or call first. Cost of
the program is $35
Meet at Petersham common in the country store at 9:45. See directions below. The store has recently reopened
under new management. It has been remodeled with a new bathroom facility. See
Tracking group in Quabbin  Photo D. Brown