|David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
|Quabbin Trails Program
Quabbin Reservoir is surrounded by a huge protected
watershed of forest, field and beaver ponds where human
intrusion is light and wildlife abounds. Even in marginal tracking
or birding conditions, a day spent in this "accidental wilderness"
refreshes the soul.
Suitablility: Outdoor programs are suitable for reasonably fit adults and accompanied teenagers 13 years and
up. Both beginner and experienced trackers are welcome. However, participants should be free of any medical
condition that might be aggravated by long periods of walking in snow and rough terrain. Since much travel is off-
trail, programs are not suitable for anyone with balance or coordination problems. Due to the difficulty in
obtaining emergency medical care in remote locations behind locked gates, Quabbin programs are not
recommended for anyone with a history of incapacitating sudden-onset illness.
Clothing and Equipment: Dress for the weather remembering that tracking is often a slow process, requiring
warmer clothing than you might need for more strenuous activities. Bring lunch and water. A thermos with a hot
drink and a sit-pad for lunch are both good items to have along. Especially in late winter, sunglasses are advised.
Snowshoes may be needed if the snow cover is deep. Cross-country skiing is not allowed in Quabbin Reservation.
Directions: Quabbin programs meet at 9:45 a.m. in the country store at the Petersham common. (Please note:
the country store in Petersham has reopened under new management and new bathroom facilities. (The store
opens at 9am, carries trail snacks and serves breakfast if you wish to arrive early.) From the common we will
carpool-caravan to one of the Quabbin gates. From Boston take Exit 17 (Rte. 32) and go south 6 miles to the
common. From other directions see a roadmap or internet map service.
Registration: Use the linked registration blank only to register for "Quabbin Trails" programs described on this
page..(For events on the Sponsored Programs page, refer directly to the sponsoring organization for details and
If you wish to register after the deadline indicated in the program description above, please call or e-
mail first to ensure that the program has openings.
Please note: in order to get an accurate count of participants, those who have unused registration fees
on account should let me know by e-mail for any program they wish to attend. An accurate count is
needed because DCR does not allow groups larger than 15 without a special use permit.
- In the event a program is not adequately subscribed by the registration deadline, you will be notified of
cancellation at the telephone number or e-mail address you supplied on the blank.
- You may withdraw from a program with refund any time before the registration deadline. After the deadline
refund depends on filling the vacancy from a waiting list. In a personal emergency you may, of course,
withdraw with refund at any time.
- If inappropriate weather conditions are forecast, requiring postponement or cancellation, you will be e-mailed
after the registration deadline according to the contact information supplied on the registration blank.
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Quabbin Winter Tracking Schedule 2017-18
Quabbin Trails tracking programs vary from session to session
depending on what the conditions and wildlife availability dictate.
Often we follow the trail of one or more of the larger predators,
identifying and interpreting evidence of other species as we go along.
Sunday, December 10, 10am-3pm. Please register by Dec 6.
Sunday, January 7, 10am-3pm. Please register by Jan 3
Rescheduled to Sunday, January 14. Register by Jan 11.
Sunday, January 21, 10am-3pm. Please register by Jan 17.
Sunday, February 4, 10am-3pm. Please register by Jan 30.
Sunday, February 18, 10am-3pm. Please register by Feb 14.
Sunday, March 4, 10am-3pm. Please register by February 29
Sunday, March 18, 10am-3pm. Please register by March 14.
Register using a blank from the registration page. After the deadline, please e-mail first to ensure that there
is space in the program.
A note on the registration fee for Quabbin Trails programs:
For many years I have kept the fee for Quabbin programs as low as possible to ensure that they are in reach of
anyone interested in wildlife tracking. Regrettably sooner or later everything rises, and I am now obliged to
raise the fee to $40 which, I hope, is still modest enough for anyone who may wish to attend. -DB