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Adult Opportunities

Tales from a Birder: The Quest for 5,000 Birds (online)

Join global birder Denis Kania as he recounts tales from his quest to see 5,000 birds.

Content Detail

Traveling the world to locate and identify 5,000 bird species certainly has its ups and downs. From moments of frustration to moments of awe-inspiring reward, the stories from the journey are great and, sometimes, hard to believe.

Participants will be entertained by tales of world travel, of visits to far-flung places such as Papua New Guinea in search of birds of paradise, of adventures such as his encounter with a spitting cobra near his tent in Zambia and an attack by an unlikely assailant in the Amazonian foothills of Ecuador. Learn about and delight in the amazing spectrum of the world’s birds, and leave inspired to add to your own species list. 

This program will take place live on Zoom. A recording will be available to registered participants afterwards.

Instructor: Denis Kania, global birder and birding instructor

Age: 16 and older.


Denis Kania, global birder and 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 internationally. 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 will take place on Zoom. A link will be provided to registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.

Automatically generated captions will be available.

The program will be recorded.

Program Schedule

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Central Time


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