|David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
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
- Indoor/outdoor tracking program for the
Hubbardston-Ware River Nature Club in February:
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.
Winter Tracking in Wilmington: What's been
crossing your backyard?
Find out what "wilderness wildlife" live near us but hide
in the night by learning to identify their tracks, trails
and other sign. This indoor slide program will acquaint
you with the basics of wildlife tracking and how to
distinguish evidence of wild animals from that of the
Thursday, November 20, 7-8:30 pm at the
Wilmington Memorial Library. For directions and
details, please see the library's website:
www.wilmlibrary.org. for details and directions.
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
Saturday, January 17, 1-3 pm. This program is sponsored by the Warwick Cultural Council through a grant from
the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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: www.theumbrellaarts.org.
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: www.carlisleconservationfoundation.org. 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
for 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: www.massaudubon.org.