|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 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: Wear long sleeves and pants. Light colors show up ticks better than dark. Bring a
lunch, extra water and bug gear. Insect repellants contain 'deet': diethyl tuolomide, are best for repelling mosquitoes
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 send in a new registration blank 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.
- Light rain will not cancel tracking or bird programs. If seriously inappropriate weather conditions are forecast,
requiring postponement or cancellation, you will be called or e-mailed after the registration deadline
according to the contact information supplied on the registration blank.
Preparations for Quabbin Trails programs:
Quabbin Tracking: Spring-summer 2017
Sunday, May 28, 10am-3pm. Please register by May 24. After that date
call or e-mail first to make sure there is space in the program.
Additional Quabbin tracking dates: .
- Sunday, June 11
- Sunday, July 9
- Sunday, August 13
- Sunday, September 17
Quabbin Birds: Spring 2017 Cancelled
Saturday, May 13, 10am-3pm. Please register by May 9. After that date,
call or e-mail first to be sure there is space in the program.
Not only is Quabbin renowned for it population of mammals, it is also
excellent habitat for both resident and migratory birds. This annual program
is timed for the peak of the spring migration. We will visit a couple of birding
hotspots in the reservation, searching for elusive wood warbler and vireos
as well as other newly arrived songbirds.
Bring binoculars. A field guide may also be helpful, but not
necessary.Wear subdued colors (birds react especially to red and yellow).
Other preparations are the same as for tracking programs, including
meeting place and time.
Ovenbird. Video still D. Brown