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Field Study: Birds of Summer

Schedule and Location

Four Saturdays, June 8 through 29, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$138.00 member
$162.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course Description

Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. We will observe breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior; discuss food choices and nesting habits; and learn bird songs and calls. The class will visit different birding hotspots to seek out a diversity of summer birds in our region.

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Denis Kania, manager of natural areas, St. Charles Park District

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 indoors and outdoors; includes walking on trails and uneven terrain. Please dress to be outdoors each day. Limit 12
  • Supplies:  Please bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides
  • Recommended text: Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley;  available at the Arboretum Store
  • Driving directions: Several sessions will meet off-site; driving directions will be provided in class
  • Continuing education: 12 CPDH credits for educators are available.

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