|David Brown's Wildlife Services
12 Hotel Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Tel: 978 544 8175
|Quabbin Trails Program
The Quabbin region is blessed with abundant forest, field and beaver pond habitats that support a
wide variety of wilderness wildlife. The Quabbin area is ideally situated within moderate travelling distance
from population centers in central and southern New England to provide many nature lovers with a
memorable wildlife experience.
Please note: Quabbin Trails programs are not conducted in Quabbin Reservation itself. Instead other
natural areas in the North Quabbin Region are used.
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 on rough terrain. Since much travel is off-trail,
programs are not suitable for anyone with balance or coordination problems. Of you are allergic to insect stings, be
sure to bring an appropriate antidote. Due to the difficulty in obtaining emergency medical care in remote
locations, Quabbin programs are not recommended for anyone with a history of incapacitating sudden-
Clothing and Equipment: Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and water. For spring.summer/fall programs
insect repellent is a must. Light-colored shirt and pants show up ticks better than dark clothing. Frequent checks
are done periodically during any walk off-trail to detect and remove any ticks that participants may have collected
on their clothing. While not necessary for participation, you may wish to consider pre-treating clothing to be worn
with Permethrin. A solution containing .5% of this chemical in a spray bottle can be purchased at many outdoor
stores as well as at Wal-Mart. It is highly effective for ticks as well as other insects.
Directions: Quabbin programs meet at 9:45 a.m. in the country store at the Petersham common. 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 a North Quabbin natural area. 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.
- 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 Trails Summer-Fall Programs 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, August 5, 10am-3pm. Please register by August 1.
Last tracking program for the summer: Sunday, September 16,
10am-3pm. Please register by Sept. 12
Mink tracks in firm mud.
To Register for Quabbin Trails 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.
This two-part program will provide intensive training important for
trackers and anyone who ventures into the woods. The first session
will acquaint you with the many features of your GPS and how to use it
to locate yourself and follow a bearing in the woods. A new area will be
used this year for those who have attended before and wish to brush
up their skills on unfamiliar terrain.
The second session will be an intensive on how to use the traditional skills of map and compass to
accomplish the same tasks. Although taking both is not required, it is recommended that participants in the
GPS course also take the map and compass one, since the traditional skills serve as a backup for the
electronics- and battery-dependent GPS system.
Sunday, October 28, 10am-2pm: GPS training. Please register by October 24.
Sunday, November 11, 10am-2pm: Map and Compass. Please register by November 6.
The cost for each of the land navigation programs is the same as for other Quabbin Trails programs: $40.