Adult Programs

Beginning Birdwatching (In Person)

In this single-morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keep track of your observations, and more.

Content Detail

In this single-morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keep track of your observations, and more. 

We’ll begin in the Thornhill Shelter with a short lesson on birding basics. Then we’ll stroll around the Arboretum to observe birds that inhabit Illinois all year, learning key bird features for identification, and how to match birds to their preferred food or habitat as you walk.

Notes: 

  • This class meets outdoors. 
  • Please dress for the weather and for walking on trails, including long pants and closed-toe walking shoes. 
  • Limit 14

Supplies:

Please bring binoculars and a favorite field guide, if you have them; a limited number will be available to check out during class. Bring a water bottle.

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Vicky Sroczynski, Arboretum Instructor

Vicky Sroczynski has been birding since 2000. She serves as a bird monitor (recording breeding birds for the DuPage Forest Preserve District) and conducts Winter Raptor Surveys. She also counts fall-migrating hawks for Hawk Migration Association of North America. 

She completed the Ornithology Certificate Program here at the Arboretum and has led walks and taught Beginning Birdwatching for several years.

 

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