|David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
|Quabbin Trails Program
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 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: Tracking is often a slow process, so bring extra clothes in a pack. Include a lunch, a
thermos and water. Wear snow- and water-repellant boots. Snowshoes may be needed. I have two pair that can be
reserved at registration.
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. An accurate
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 postponement or cancellation, 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: Winter 2017
Sunday, March 5, 10am-3pm. Please register by March 1. After that date call or e-
mail first to make sure there is space in the program.
Additional Quabbin tracking dates: .
- Sunday, March 19
- Sunday, April 2
- Sunday, April 16
Gray fox and fisher trails in early snow
Go to the NOAA forecast page (weather.gov) with the national map. Scroll to the bottom and search through the
tiny-print menu for "Snow cover." Click on it and the snow map will appear with a default setting for snow/water
content. In the menu to the left click on either "Snow depth" or "Shallow snow depth" and then on "Redraw Map."
Draw a box around the central Mass area, add "Roads and highways" and "Lakes and reservoirs" and then once
again redraw the map to show snow conditions in the Quabbin area.