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
Sponsored Programs
Winter 2014-15
Programs will be posted in this location as sponsoring organizations
request them. Check back frequently for additions.

Also coming this winter:

  • Quabbin tracking programs resume December
    14. See Quabbin Trails page for details.

  • Winter tracking in Breakeart: Weekend date in
    February for the Friends of Breakheart. Date and
    details TBA.

  • Indoor/outdoor tracking program for the
    Hubbardston-Ware River Nature Club in February:
    Details TBA
Alewife Wildlife Walks
     Sadly the long-anticipated and feared development in the heart of the Greater Alewife Ecosystem has begun. At
the end of October the developer began cutting the silver maple forest, which is the heart of the ecosystem, despite
frantic efforts by The Friends of Alewife and other concerned environmental organizations to forestall the action. The
building of nearly 300 condominium units, a few of which are termed "low income" in order to get the authorization from
the state for flooplain construction, can be expected to severely affect the wildlife population of this hitherto remarkably
wildlife-active urban wild.
     Ellen Mass, the president of the Friends group, has worked tirelessly and sacrificed greatly over the past decade
to protect this unique habitat. She and members of her group arranged for wildlife inventories, organized vigils and
clean-ups, instituted an ecology camp for inner-city teens, developed a nature trail and many other projects while
attending numberless cons-com meetings and court hearings. She also arranged frequent walks by me that have been
posted on this website.
     The development project essentially sounds the death-knell for what was left of the Great Pine Swamp, where
William Brewster of
October Farm birded and naturalized as a boy. Despite its margins being backfilled bit by bit for
industry and office parks, this urban wild continued to function, with frequent tracks and sign of coyotes, both foxes,
beaver, otter, mink, fisher, deer and other wild animals. Until now.
Red fox and weasel trails  Photo D.Brown
Winter Tracking in Warwick
Our annual winter excursion into the wilds of Warwick in
the shadow of Mount Grace will once again search for
the tracks, trails and sign of the many wild animals that
make our local forests home. About a mile will be
covered at a slow pace. Dress warmly with snowproof
boots. Meet at the library from where we will carpool to a
local wildlife hotspot. This program is suitable for adults
and teens 13 and up. It is free and open to the public.
No need to pre-register.
Saturday, January 17, 1-3 pm. This program is
sponsored by the Warwick Cultural Council through a
grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Shrew trails  Photo D.Brown
Winter Tracking at Northfield
A three-hour program will begin with an indoor
introduction to wildlife tracking, after which we will
snowshoe into the forests and fields of the Northfield
E&R Center in search of wild animal tracks, trails and
sign. Not only will we discover evidence of the
abundance of wilderness species on the side of
Northfield Mountain, but we will try to interpret what we
find, as well: What was the animal doing? Why was it
Sunday, February 8, 1-4 pm. at the Northfield
Mountain Environmental and Recreation Center,
Rte. 63, Northfield, MA.
Please see the center's
website for details and registration:

Snowshoes are available to rent on site.

Tracking in Thoreau Country
Thoreau "sauntered" through the Concord woods in the early 1800s noting the wildlife that he encountered along the
way. Much has changed since then, including the wildlife content of the town's forests and fields.In this program we will
search for evidence of the current wildlife population and compare it to what Thoreau found. In this way we can see what
has happened to the ecology of this famous Revolutionary War town.
Sunday, March 1, 10-noon at the Newbury Field Conservation Area off Lowell Rd. Concord, MA
This program is sponsored by The Umbrella Arts Center of Concord. Please see their website for additional information
and directions:
Red Fox voling  Photo D. Brown

Winter Tracking in Carlisle
Carlisle, MA is a suburban town with a treasure trove of protected land thanks to the environmentally aware
citizenry. On this walk we will search one of the town's many conservation lands for evidence of the plentiful wildlife
that take advantage of the woodland and pastoral habitats.
Saturday, January 10, 1-3:30pm. Meet on Curve Street at the Cranberry Bog parking site. This program is
sponsored by the Carlise Conservation Foundation: Please see their
website for details and for any late-breaking postponements due to weather or conditions.

Winter Tracking and book signing at Drumlin Farm
An indoor/outdoor tracking program at Massachusetts Audubon's Drumlin Farm be combined with a book signing
Trackards and The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American Mammals. Drumlin Farm at the Mass
Audubon Headquarters in Lincoln, MA is a wildlife-active pastoral landscape that supports a great variety of
animals in forest and field. Hopefully, The publisher will have finished production of
The Next Step: Interpreting
Wildlife Tracks, Trails and Sign
by that time, as well.
Saturday, Feburary 7, 9:30 to Noon at the Drumlin Farm Audubon shop. Please see the Mass Audubon
website for details, directions and registration:
Assessing the Future of the Alewife Ecosystem:
This walk will attempt to assess the damage to the Greater Alewife ecosystem from the cutting of the silver maple
forest in preparation for the construction of a large condominium complex. Recommendations for protection of the
remaining wildlife habitat will be made as we project what the area will look like after the development is completed.
Saturday, December 20, 3-5pm at Alewife Reservation, Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the Friends of Alewife Reservation. The walk is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is
required. See for details and directions. Scroll to the bottom of the page for
information about the current destruction of the eco-system.