Adult Programs

The Secrets of Bird Identification (Online)

Get tips from birding expert Denis Kania to improve your bird identification skills in this online presentation with The Morton Arboretum.

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Get tips from birding expert Denis Kania to improve your bird identification skills in this online presentation with The Morton Arboretum. 

The trick to identifying birds is knowing which details are key to confirming the species. But you need to know what to look for first! Bird identification starts with a simple road map. With practice, you will understand how to read the map and navigate the parts of a bird that will lead to an ID.

 In this program, you will:

  • Learn the proper terminology to describe a bird’s features. Whether it is lesser coverts, tertial edges, or bill shape there are many details that will help to guide you to your identification.
  • Understand how feathers can change and the impact that will have on a bird’s overall appearance.
  • Learn to record your sighting in your mind quickly, and then pick it apart for the finer details that you’ve recorded without even realizing it. 

How do I access the program?

  • A link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

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  • This program will take place using Zoom. A link will be provided to registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • Please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.
  • Automatically generated captions will be available.
  • Limit 75

Denis Kania, Birder and Educator

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.

 

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