Adult Opportunities

Field Study: Birds of Summer

Identify birds commonly found in Northern Illinois.

Content Detail

Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in Northern Illinois. Observe breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior; discuss food choices and nesting habits; and learn bird songs and calls. The class will visit different birding hotspots to seek out a diversity of summer birds in the Northern Illinois region.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Denis Kania, birding instructor

Age: 16 and older

Course number: O603



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

This program is 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.

The recommended text, Sibley’s Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley, is available at The Arboretum Store.

Bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following three times.

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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