Adult Opportunities

Sparrows of DuPage County

Identify local sparrows with a birding expert.

Content Detail

Learn how to identify the sparrows found along woodland edges, wetlands, and grasslands during this birding class with The Morton Arboretum. Some of the more difficult-to-find species such as Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow, LeConte’s sparrow, and Harris’ sparrow will be sought as you learn about habitat preferences and timing of migration.

The first class will take place at The Morton Arboretum, laying the groundwork for two nearby field sessions in DuPage County. Driving directions will be provided during the first class.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Denis Kania, birding instructor

Age: 16 and older

Course number: O475


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 meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Bring a set of binoculars and your favorite field guide.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following three meeting dates and times.

Sunday, September 29, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 13, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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