Adult Opportunities

Field Study: Birds of Spring

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

Content Detail

After the first classroom session, the class will meet outdoors at The Morton Arboretum and other sites for the remaining weeks, visiting different habitats around the area. Participants will

  • learn to identify resident and migratory birds using  bird calls
  • learn to see key field marks for identification
  • learn what behavioral clues to watch for to help in identification
  • discuss feather arrangement and physical topography
  • review daily checklists from the prior field days and
  • meet fellow birders.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum and other sites of interest.

Instructor: Denis Kania

Age: 16 and older


Denis Kania, birding instructor

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.

What to Know

Held mostly outdoors. Please dress for the weather and for hiking on uneven terrain.

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

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

Bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides.

Program Schedule

This program includes all of the following meeting times:

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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