Adult Programs

Field Study: Birds of Winter

Learn techniques for accurately identifying Illinois’ winter birds.

Content Detail

In this birding class at The Morton Arboretum, learn where to look for species of birds that are in the Chicago area this winter, and observe the migratory species that overwinter in this region. In addition to outdoor exploration, some class time will be spent indoors developing field identification skills; discussing, choosing, and using birding equipment; reviewing daily checklists; and learning calls and field identification marks.

There will be outdoor winter explorations in each session.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Denis Kania, birding instructor

Age: 16 and older

Course number: O601


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

There will be outdoor explorations in each session, so dress for the weather.

The final session will take place away from the Arboretum; driving directions will be provided.

Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.

Recommended text: Sibley’s Birding Basics, $15.95, available in The Arboretum Store.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following three meeting times.

Saturday, March 9, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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