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Field Study: Birds of Winter

Schedule and location

Three Saturdays, January 18 through February 1, 2020, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Registration will open Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Fees and Registration

$105.00 member
$123.00 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

Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois' winter birds, spot species that are in the area this winter, and meet the migratory species that overwinter in our region. In addition to outdoor exploration, some class time will be spent indoors developing field identification skills, discussing, choosing, and using birding equipment, reviewing daily checklists, and learning calls and field identification marks.

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Denis Kania, birding instructor and naturalist

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: There will be winter outdoor explorations in each session and several classes will take place away from the Arboretum; driving directions will be provided. Limit 12
  • Supplies: Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides.
  • Recommended Text: Sibley's Birding Basics, $15.95,  available in the Arboretum Store.
  • Continuing education: 10.5 CPDH credits for educators are available.

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