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Natural history

Natural history

Bird Conservation

In this class at The Morton Arboretum, investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats. 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.

Warbler Workshop-Sold out

In this intensive workshop, enjoy the spring warbler migration while learning about identification, arrival dates, migration patterns, habitat preferences, and daily feeding techniques at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 8:00 am-12:00 p.m.

Birding by Ear

Learn how to identify birds that you can hear, but not see at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Tuesdays, May 6-20, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Bird Behavior

Explore the significance of songs and plumage in determining the territory, mate selection, and the different sexual strategies employed by birds at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 7. One section

Field Study: Birds of Spring-Sold out

Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, April 6-May 18, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Spring Bird Walks-Sold Out

Celebrate spring by searching The Morton Arboretum grounds for nature’s brightly colored pageant of spring birds. Dates vary starting April 19. Two sections.

Advanced Invasive Plant Identification

Learn to identify invasive plants when they are first emerging in spring at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Hike and Write-Canceled

Learn how to sharpen your observational skills, take useful notes, and then create a story or essay at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Saturdays, April 26-May 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Spring

Explore freshwater ecosystems and consider the various living, climatic, and geological factors that create and maintain our water systems at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 14. One section.

Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands to learn how to identify wildflowers such as trillium, mayapple, and dog-tooth violet and hear about their folklore at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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