About David Brown

Tracker-naturalist David Brown provides several services
focused on New England wildlife. These include:

  • Interpretive programs, including animal tracking and bird programs
  • Wildlife inventories, including both mammal tracking and bird surveys
  • Docent training of interpretive walk leaders
  • Wildlife education planning for organizations


David Brown is a lifelong teacher and naturalist with 30 years
experience interpreting the trails and sign of mammals of New
England and the Southwest. His birding experience extends back
to his boyhood.

David began presenting animal tracking programs more than two
decades ago after studying the field for six years.

He has conducted extensive wildlife surveys at the Middlesex Fells Reservation (Stoneham, MA), for the Greater Lovell Land Trust (ME), and at a number of other natural areas in New England (scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete list).

He has trained several docent groups for the Greater Lovell (ME) Land Trust and the Friends of Alewife Reservation (Cambridge, MA). In addition he has held many ranger orientation walks for the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

David has also provided wildlife education planning for the Lakes Environmental Association’s Holt Pond Preserve in S. Bridgton, ME and for the Camp Nihan Environmental Center at Saugus, MA.

A lifetime of wilderness travel, many thousands of miles of ski-touring experience and over seventy winter ascents in the White Mountains round out his background.

David is the author of

  • Trackcards for North American Mammals
  • The Companion Guide to Trackcards for North American Mammals
  • The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign.

All are published by McDonald&Woodward. See the Products page for details.


A collection of 5000 slides and digital images as well as about 16 hours of wildlife video clips form the main resource for indoor interpretive programs. 150 track casts and numerous animal artifacts are also drawn upon for these programs.

Past program sponsors:

AMC Andover Committee
Andover Dept of Community Services
Andover Village Improvement Society
Assabet Keeping Track
Athol Bird and Nature Club
Bidwell House Museum
Boston Outdoor School
Cambridge Center for Adult Ed
Carlisle Conservation Foundation
Concord-Carlisle Adult&Community Ed
Concord Land Conservation Trust
Deerfield Acadamy
East Quabbin Land Trust
Five Kezars Watershed Association
Friends of Acton Libraries
Friends of Assabet NWR
Friends of Alewife Reservation
Friends of Breakheart Reservation
Friends of the Blue Hills
Friends of Gleason Library
Friends of Great Meadows (Arlington, MA)
Friends of the Middlesex Fells
Friends of Northwest Park, Windsor CT
Friends of Oxbow NWR
Great Brook Farm State Park
Great Falls Discovery Center
Greater Barrington  Land Trust (RI)
Greater Lovell Land Trust (ME)
Lakes Environmental Assoc. (ME)
Lynn Mineral Club
Mass DEM Project Learning Tree
Mass DCR
Mahoosuc Land Trust Metropolitan District Commission

Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust
Musketequid/Emerson Umbrella
Mystic River Watershed Assoc.
Nashaway Keeping Track
Nashoba Keeping Track
New England Forestry Foundation
New England Park Rangers Assoc.
Northeast Regional Adult Ed
Northfield Bird Club
Northfield (Dickenson Mem.) Library
Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference
Northfield Mountain Environmental Center
Northshore Community College
Oakham Cultural Council
Project Wild (MA F&W)
Saugus River Watershed Council
Southborough Open Land Foundation
Southborough Open Space Commission
Sudbury Valley Trustees: Wolbach Farm
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
Squam Lakes Science Center
Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH)
Tyngsboro Bird Club
UNH College of Lifelong Learning
Walden Pond State Park
Walden Keeping Track
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
Ware River Nature Club
Warwick Cultural Council
Wilmington Memorial Library
Winchendon School
Winchester Trails

Wildlife Inventories:

David Brown has conducted wildlife inventories at the following locations for both public and private sponsors:

Alewife Reservation, Cambridge, MA, tracking and bird surveys
Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area, Templeton, MA, bird survey
Chip Stockford Preserve, Lovell, ME, tracking and bird surveys
Cope property, Lovell, ME, tracking and bird surveys
Cunningham property, Wakefield, MA, tracking survey
Duris property, New Braintree, MA, tracking and bird surveys
Flat Brook Forest, Hardwick, MA, tracking and bird surveys
Heald and Bradley Pond tract, Lovell, ME, tracking survey
Mason property, Williamstown, MA, tracking and bird surveys
Middlesex Fells Reservation, Stoneham, MA, tracking survey
Vandersluis property, Mendon, MA, bird survey

In addition, David has participated in wildlife surveys for the US Fish&Wildlife Service at Lake Umbagog, NH, collecting marsh bird data. He also participated in a tracking survey at the Mt. Wachusett “delta” development tract in Westminster, MA, as well as at Thousand Acre Swamp in Phillipston, MA.