|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.
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 severely damages 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. It remains to be seen how many of
these species will maintain there presence in the diminished
habitats that remain.
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 here?
New date and time: Saturday. March 7, 9:30-12:30 at the
Northfield Mountain Environmental and Recreation Center,
Rte. 63, Northfield, MA. Please see the center's website for
details and registration:
This is a free program. Snowshoes are available to rent on site
for $18..Pre-registration is required.
Shrew trails over the snow. Photo David Brown
Red fox and long-tailed weasel trails on Mt. Grace, Warwick, MA.
Photo David 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 or
walk 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. Snowshoes are
advisable, as is sunscreen if the sun is shining.
New date: Sunday, March 8, 1-3 pm. This program is
sponsored by the Warwick Cultural Council through a
grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. .
Red fox voling in meadow Photo David Brown