Adult Programs

Field Study: Birds of Spring (in person)

Learn how to identify Illinois’ spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call, and meet other birders.

Content Detail

Learn how to identify Illinois’ spring residents and migratory birds by sight and call, and meet other birders. After the first classroom session, we will meet outdoors for the remaining weeks, visiting different habitats around the area to learn calls and identification of field marks. We will discuss behavioral clues that help in identification, feather arrangement, and physical topography and review daily checklists from the prior field days.

COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines


Held mostly outdoors. Please dress for the weather and for hiking on uneven terrain during the Sunday field session. Limit 12

Recommended text

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


Bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides. 

Driving directions

Several sessions will meet off-site; driving directions will be provided in class.

Denis Kania, birding instructor

Denis Kania has been teaching ecology and bird-related classes for The Morton Arboretum since 1997.  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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