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
Fall-Early Winter 2015
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 cold and 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 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 and snowproof boots. If deep snow is anticipated, bring snowshoes as
well. A few pairs are available that may be reserved ahead of time. Skiing is not allowed in Quabbin Reservation.

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 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.

Quabbin Reservoir from Gate 35  Photo D. Brown
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Quabbin Tracking: December
December often provides us with a dusting to a few inches
of snow before the blockbuster storms of later in the winter.
Shallow snow is an ideal tracking surface with lots of trails to
find as wild animals have nor reason to lay up and wait for the
surface of deeper snow  to melt or harden. December is also
the month of black ice, providing this startling chiaroscuro of
duck tracks on a small pond in Lincoln, MA.
     Lack of snow won't stop us either! Quabbin's beach
provides a highway for both predators and prey to move about
their range. The trails of coyote, both foxes, bobcat, otter and
others are regularly found there.
Sunday, December 13, 10am-3pm. Please register by
December 9. After that date call or e-mail first to make sure
there is space in the program.