Investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats. Explore issues surrounding the preservation of bird life and diversity in Northern Illinois through classroom discussion and field study. Field-work observing the birds nesting in local grasslands, savannas, and wetlands will focus on regional conservation plans developed to increase nesting and reproductive success for at-risk species.
Instructors: Jody and Jerry Zamirowski, founders, Arboretum bird monitoring program
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Limit 15.
Supplies: Binoculars and field guides will be useful.
Recommended Text: The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior by David Allen Sibley; available in the Arboretum Store.
Certificate Information: Ornithology Certificate Requirement; Naturalist Certificate or WSTP Elective (15 hours).
Educator opportunity: 15 CPDUs available
SCHEDULE AND LOCATION:
3 Wednesdays, May 21, June 4 and 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 3 Saturdays, May 24, June 7 and 21, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center
FEES AND ADMISSION:
Fee includes admission to the Arboretum.
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.
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