Gray fox and sun
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 August 16. 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:  
BA December 2019
Click here for details.

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

Sat/Sun, October 5-6: The Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference,
Westborough, MA.
See the Sponsored Programs 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
Summer Tracking
      As spring rounds into summer and the sun rises higher in
the sky, evaporation of ponds, lakes and reservoirs increases
and gradually muddy or sandy margins appear. These are
highways that mammals use for getting around their ranges.
They also must be crossed to gain access to the water.
Raccoons patrol these margins to probe the mud for
organisms on which they feed and leave tracks such as those
at left. Bears, being large and dark, cross them to hydrate
themselves. Otters regularly haul out and cross them to reach
their rolling sites and scat stations. Muskrats leave tracks as
they feed on emergent plants.
      In addition to tracks these animals leave sign of their
presence and passage like scat, burrows and feeding sign of
various sorts. Come along and learn to identify and interpret
these tracks and sign this summer.