|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, water and perhaps a thermos with hot fluid. Carry in a pack more clothes than you think you will need
including a warm hat. Wear water-repellant boots. Black flies appear in early April so bring insect repellant after
the first week of that month.
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.
Please note: in order to get an accurate count of participants, those who have unused registration fees
on account should send in a new registration blank for any program they wish to attend. A count is
needed because DCR does not allow groups larger than 15 without a special use permit.
- 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 rain will not cancel tracking or bird programs. If 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:
Quabbin Tracking: July-August
The intense mating activity of mid-winter and spring settles down to
family life. Many kits have emerged from their natal dens and are
moving about, learning from their parents how and where to find food.
The demands for activity from the adults increases sharply as
predators seek prey with which to feed their offspring and the adults of
prey species, also in constant search for food, try to avoid that
predation. Added to this activity are the efforts of adults to corral their
fractious youngsters and keep them out of sight, while the curious
young ignore the efforts of their mortified parents.
All this activity leaves sign or one kind or another for the tracker to
find and construct scenarios of largely hidden wildlife behavior.
Summer is the subtle season where this sign may be harder to find
than on the surface of winter snow, but the insights into wildlife activity
are a marvelous reward.
Sunday, July 24, 10am-3pm. Please register by July 20. After that
date call or e-mail first to make sure there is space in the program.
Additional Quabbin Trails tracking program date:
Sunday, August 21 (Register by August 17)
Mink tracks in wet sand. Photo D. Brown