|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 in winter. Especially in late winter, sunglasses and
sunscreen are advised. Snowshoes may be needed if the snow cover is deep. Cross-country skiing is not allowed in
Quabbin Reservation. For spring.summer/fall programs insect repellant is a must.
Directions: Quabbin programs meet at 9:45 a.m. in the country store at the Petersham common. (Please note:
the country store 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 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 Spring/Summer Program Schedule-2018
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, March 4, 10am-3pm. Please register by February 29
Sunday, March 18, 10am-3pm. Please register by March 14
Sunday, April 8, 10am-3pm. Please register by April 4.
Sunday, April 22, 10am-3pm. Please register by April 18.
Sunday, May 6, 10am-3pm. Please register by May 2.
Sunday, June 3, 10am-3pm. Please register by May 30.
Sunday, July 8, 10am-3pm. Please register by July 4.
Sunday, August 5, 10am-3pm. Please register by August 1.
Sunday, September 16, 10am-3pm. Please register by September 12.
To Register for Quabbin programs, use a blank from the registration page. After the deadline noted above,
please e-mail first to ensure that there is space in the program.
Please note, the programs from April 22- June 3 take place during the height of the spring bird migration.
Bring binoculars: while we search for animal sign with our eyes, we can listen for migrant birds with our ears.