Bobcats: Sunday, February 11, 201810:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Location: Quabbin Reservoir, Petersham, MA. At home in both wilderness and leafy suburbs, the bobcat is the most successful wild cat in North America. Its beauty, grace, and elusive nature capture the hearts and minds of many trackers, ourselves among them. The species seems to do particularly well at the Quabbin and in suitable conditions, there’s a strong likelihood of finding tracks. Where snow is patchy, we may be able to fill in the blanks by sniffing for the distinctive odor of its urine, which it sprays liberally along travel routes. Scats and scrapes are also possible finds, and at this time of year, the breeding season, there’s a chance of seeing tracks of a mating pair. Cost: $35 per person. Limit: 8 participants, ages 18 and up. Leaders: Janet, Susan, and Bob. Level of difficulty: Moderately strenuous, mostly off trail, bushwhacking through dense forest. Pay below with PayPal. Don’t forget to reserve your spot by registering below:
Our programs are suitable for reasonably fit individuals within the age range and experience level described in each specific program description. Tracking programs are not suitable for anyone with a history of sudden, incapacitating illness, due to the difficulty of obtaining emergency medical care in the woods. Participants of the Quabbin programs should be capable of walking for long periods on rugged terrain in deep snow, and should be free of medical conditions which could be aggravated by such activity.
What to Expect
We will be outside and away from indoor facilities for the entire duration of tracking walks. Check the weather forecast for the town in which the program will take place, and dress accordingly. Snow, ice, rain, and wind all influence the wildlife sign which can be observed in the field. We have no control over that, and cannot guarantee finding evidence of any particular species. However, tracking is immensely rewarding if you accept the eventualities of Nature, and there will always be much to discuss about habitat, ecology, etc.
Clothing and Equipment
Tracking is not an aerobic activity. We move slowly enough to look, sniff, and listen for animal activity, and we stop frequently to discuss. This means you will feel colder than what you’d experience on a brisk hike or show shoe “workout”, and you should dress accordingly. Dress in layers, wear warm socks and waterproof boots, and bring gaiters and snowshoes in the car in case you need them.
For the Quabbin programs, pack a hearty lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. You burn a lot of calories to stay warm, so you may find yourself hungrier than expected.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to insufficient registrations, extreme weather, or unsuitable tracking conditions. We will give you at least 2 hours notice, so please be sure to check your messages before heading out. You will receive a full refund if we cancel a program.
If you cancel with a week or more notice, we will charge a $5 administrative fee. If you cancel with less than one week notice, no refund or credit will be given.
We are not responsible for any physical injury or illness, or property damage or loss, that you incur while participating in our programs.