|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 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 moderatey waterproof.
Wear long sleeves as well as long pants that can be tucked into socks for protection from thorny brush and ticks.
Light color show these insects up more readily so that they can be removed. Insect repellents containing "deet"
work best for black flies and mosquitoes.
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. (The store
opens at 9am, carries trail snacks and serves breakfast if you wish to arrive early.) 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 internet map service.
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.
- Light spring-summer rain will not cancel tracking or bird programs. However, iIf seriously inappropriate
weather conditions are forecast, requiring 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:
Summer Tracking in Quabbin
Starting in June water levels in beaver ponds and
the reservoir begin to recede, exposing mud and
sand for recording tracks of animals that hunt the
margins, use them for travel routes or come to drink.
Also by June the black flies that supply migrating
birds with food and supply trackers with misery begin
to subside. Summer settles down to the business or
raising young and training them to survive before the
next onslaught of winter.
The subtle season continues, testing the tracker's
ability to distinguish sign from a confusing
background of myriad details. Concentrating on a
"blank" space of ground can suddenly cause sign,
hiding in plain sight, to pop out from the background
to the observant and patient eye .Come along and
give it a try!
Sunday, September 20, 10am-3pm.
See below for meeting place, directions and time. Please register by September 16, using the blank on the
Registration Page. After that date call or e-mail first to determine if there is space: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Next Quabbin Tracking date: Sunday, December 13.
Left front print of a black bear that came to the edge of a beaver pond
to drink. Photo D. Brown.