General Services

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 points out bobcat sign in a
porcupine runway. Photo Bart DeWolf.

Interpretive programs are mainly centered on animal
tracking, but seasonal bird programs are also provided,
mainly during spring migration and again during the fall hawk movement.

“Eco-tracking” Although animal tracking programs begin with identification, an effort is made to expand on this into the area of “eco-tracking” by using an animal’s tracks, trails and other sign to interpret its relationship with the habitat in which it is found.

Costs for sponsoring organizations can be obtained by phone or e-mail.

Wildlife inventories are provided for private landowners and stewards of public land to help them determine the wildlife content and value of their property. Two types are offered:

  • Mammal tracking surveys
  • Breeding bird surveys

Cost varies with size and diversity of area. Estimates can be obtained by phone or e-mail.

A docent class examines
tracks in mud at Alewife

Docent training is provided to organizations such as land trusts, friends groups and sanctuary staff for the benefit of volunteers who lead interpretive walks in natural areas.

The method. Typically docents meet once a week for a season to familiarize themselves with the natural history of their area and to practice skills such as dealing with the public, giving short presentations, finding their way in the woods and dealing with emergencies.

Cost varies with the length of training desired. Call or e-mail for an estimate.

Wildlife education planning is provided to conservation organizations, land trusts, state parks and others who need a plan for educating the public about the wildlife content of their lands. The area to be used is reconnoitered in detail and a report is prepared that contains a general natural inventory and recommendations on appropriate educational activities, siting facilities, design of curricula, and so forth.

Cost varies with acreage, complexity of project and level of detail desired. Call or e-mail for an estimate.