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Field Study: Birds of Fall

Schedule and location

Five days:
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center and Offsite

Fees and Registration

$178.50 member
$210.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air. We are fortunate to be in two flyways, including the longest migration route of any in the Western Hemisphere. Learn fall migrants and newly arrived winter residents. Field work will concentrate on identification skills: how molt, feather wear, and age vary a bird's fall plumage.

Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the Governor of Illinois, which include social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

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Denis Kania, birding expert

Denis Kania has been teaching ecology and bird related classes for the Morton Arboretum since 1997.  When he is not teaching he is bird monitoring at Fermilab or traveling to the friendly corners of the world in search of birds that he has not seen before.

Course details

  • Notes: The majority of the class is held outdoors and many sessions meet offsite. Limit 8
  • Recommended text: Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley; available at the Arboretum Store or online
  • Driving directions: Driving directions for offsite locations will be supplied in the first class meeting.
  • Supplies: Bring a notebook and pen, sunscreen and insect repellent, water, binoculars, and a favorite field guide, if you have one. We will spend extended time outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather. If rain is forecast, bring rain gear. We will be walking off-trail, so wear long pants and close-toed shoes.