|David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
|Quabbin Trails Programs
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 snow and 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, snow-proof boots that are at least moderately
waterproof. Also advised are wool or synthetic long underwear and a warm hat plus a windbreaker with hood and
mittens. Bring extra clothes for stopping for lunch. Sunglasses will protect against snow glare, which gets more
intense as the winter progresses toward spring.
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 google maps.
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.
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Winter Tracking in Quabbin
Quabbin Reservation in Central Massachusetts protects much of
the watershed of the huge reservoir at its center. This border of
forest, field and wetland is often called the "accidental wilderness" for
its unbroken wildlands and their abundant wildlife. We will spend the
day searching for sign and interpreting what we find in an effort to
extend identification into "eco-tracking," that is interpreting wildife
evidence to answer the questions: what was the animal doing and why
was it doing it here? This program is offered once per month through
the winter and into the spring. The first for this winter will be on:
Sunday, January 11, 10am-3pm.
See below for meeting place, directions and time. Please register by
Jan 7, using the blank on the Registration Page. After that date call or
e-mail first to determine if there is space.
Trackards and The Companion Guide to Trackards will be available
for purchase at the program with a 10% discount plus savings in
postage and packaging.
Additional Quabbin Tracking dates:
- Sunday, February 15
- Sunday, March 15