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Field Study: Birds of Spring (In-Person)

Schedule and location

Five Sundays, May 2 through 30, 2021, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
Thornhill Picnic Shelter (P-21)

Fees and registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
$178.50 member
$210.00 guest
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call, and meet other birders. We will meet outdoors and visit different habitats around the area to learn calls and identification of field marks. We will discuss behavioral clues that help in identification, feather arrangement, and physical topography and review daily checklists from the prior field days.

Covid-19 Safety:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants must wear face masks. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible.
  • 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.

Course number



Denis Kania, birding instructor

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: Held outdoors. Please dress for the weather and for hiking on uneven terrain during the Sunday field session. 
  • Recommended Text: Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley; available at the Arboretum Store.
  • Supplies: Bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides.
  • Driving Directions: Several sessions will meet off-site; driving directions will be provided in class.

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