|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. 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 extra clothes in a small pack. Wear rugged, snow-proof boots
and bring snowshoes as needed. You can check snow conditions for the area on the NOAA
website: www.weather.gov. Scroll down and click on "snow cover" under Current Conditions. On the
snow cover page draw a box around Massachusetts and select for "snow depth.". You may reserve
a pair of snowshoes by e-mailing email@example.com after you register. The supply is limited to
first-come-first-served. A 10-page handout "How to Stay Warm Outdoors in the Winter" is available
for order on the Registration page.
Directions: Quabbin programs meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Petersham common. (Please note: the
country store in Petersham is not scheduled to reopen until January 1, 2014. Please stop enroute
to buy snacks or use 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 registration.)
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 on the evening before at the number supplied on the
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Tracking Bobcat and other predators of
Seldom seen this elusive predator stalks its prey in thick
cover and the night. In doing so it travels overland
through regular corridors in its hunting range. We will
search one or another of these locations for sign of
these charismatic animals in order to interpret their trails
for behavior and connection with their habitat. If we
have no luck there, we can follow and interpret the trails
of the many other predators, like foxes, coyotes and
fishers, that make Quabbin's vast wilderness their home.
Saturday, December 21, 10am-3pm.
Please register by December 18 using the blank on the
Registration page. Cost of the program is $35
Meet at Petersham common across from the country
store at 9:45. See directions below. Please note that the
country store is not scheduled to reopen until January 1,
so you should plan on making any necessary stops
(Additional dates for Quabbin tracking: Sunday,
January 12 and Sunday, February 9. Details to be