Adult Programs

Field Study: Birds of Fall (in person)

Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air.

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Enjoy autumn’s amazing birding as you learn to identify the migratory birds filling the air. We are fortunate to be in two flyways, including the longest migration route of any in the Western Hemisphere. Learn fall migrants and newly arrived winter residents. Field work will concentrate on identification skills: how molt, feather wear, and age vary a bird’s fall plumage.

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The majority of the class is held outdoors and some sessions meet off-site. Limit 12 

Recommended text:

Sibley’s Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley; available at the Arboretum Store

Driving directions:

Driving directions for off-site locations will be supplied in the first class meeting.


Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides.

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • 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 who are not vaccinated or are partly vaccinated must wear a face mask and practice social distancing, indoors and outdoors. Face masks and social distancing are optional for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • By attending Arboretum programs without a face mask, you are affirming that you are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks have passed since your final shot).

Denis Kania, birding expert

Denis Kania has been teaching ecology and bird-related classes for The Morton Arboretum since 1997. He is a founding member of the DuPage Birding Club and leads outings nationally and abroad. When he is not teaching, he is monitoring birds at Fermilab or traveling to the friendly corners of the world in search of birds that he has not seen before.


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