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Sparrows of DuPage County

Schedule and location

Three days:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 4, 2020,  8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cudahy, Administration Building

Fees and Registration

$85.00 member
$100.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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 the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands. Some of the more difficult to find species such as Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow, LeConte's sparrow and Harris' sparrow will be sought as you learn about habitat preferences and timing of migration. 

The weeknight class will take place at the Arboretum, laying the groundwork for two nearby field sessions in DuPage County. Driving directions will be provided during the first class. 

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: This class meets both indoors and outdoors; please dress to be outdoors for the weekend sessions. This class includes walking on trails and uneven terrain. Limit 8
  • 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.
  • Driving directions: Driving directions for the field sessions will be provided in class

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