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David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
Home Page
Tracker-naturalist David Brown provides several services focused on New
England wildlife:
  • Interpretive programs, including animal tracking and bird programs
  • Wildlife inventories, including both mammal tracking and bird surveys
  • Docent training for interpretive walk leaders
  • Wildlife education planning for organizations
Site Map:
  • Encounters presents animal tracking and other wildlife experiences from
    David Brown's journal, species profiles, mammal tracking tips and tracking

  • Services presents information for prospective program sponsors as well
    as information about mammal tracking and bird inventories, docent training
    and wildlife education planning.

  • Products provides information on David Brown's publications: Trackards for
    North American Mammals and Companion Guide as well as The Next Step:
    Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign.

  • About presents a bio and background about David Brown.

  • Resources provides reviews and recommendations for books and
websites that contain good information about animal tracking.
This site was last updated on April 1. It is frequently modified with new
programs and information on animal tracking, bird life and other wildlife materials.
Thank you for visiting and check back again.                   
David Brown

Unless otherwise credited, all images on this site are the property of David W.
Brown and carry either an inherent or registered copyright.
Next Quabbin Trails program:  
Sunday, A
pril 14
Click here for details.

Calendar of programs Spring 2019
(Additional programs will be added as they are scheduled; For more information, see the
Quabbin Trails page or the Sponsored Programs page.

Sunday, April 14: Quabbin Tracking. See the Quabbin Trails page for details.

Sunday, April 28: Quabbin Tracking. See the Quabbin Trails page for details.

Sunday, May 19: Quabbin Tracking. See the Quabbin Trails page for details.

Books and Identification Cards by David Brown:

  • Trackards for North American Mammals

  • The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American

  • The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign

(See the Products page for a great deal on these publications.)
Spring Tracking
      As the snow melts off in the woods, we begin to see
mammal evidence that has been hidden all winter beneath the
pack, Scats that were suspended in the snow all winter now
devolve to the plane of bare ground. In snow, tracks and trails
jump out to the eye, but spring begins the subtle season for
trackers. Now we are challenged to discover tracks, scats and
other sign that often hide in plain sight, camouflaged against
a more varied earthen surface.
      At the first thaw that opens reaches in the brooks and
streams the 'black-and-whites' move inland from the coastal
estuaries on their way to northern nesting ranges.
Goldeneyes, buffleheads, mergansers and ring-necked ducks
can be seen diving after aquatic invertebrates in any large
open water. Gaudy wood ducks also startle the eye against
the somber landscape of lingering winter.