Adult Programs

Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking (In-person)

Learn to identify the animals that live in northern Illinois all winter long by using the signs they leave behind: tracks, scat, gnawings, tunnels, and burrows.

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Learn to identify the animals that live in northern Illinois all winter long by using the signs they leave behind: tracks, scat, gnawings, tunnels, and burrows. Though it is rare to spot mink, beaver, coyote, and deer, we can see signs of them throughout our woods and ponds. In this class, learn the names and habits of the mammals that call northern Illinois home in the winter. Search for and study their tracks as you walk the grounds, and see what you can learn about animal behavior and adaptations.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

Notes:

Dress for extended time outdoors, and plan to walk up to 2 miles on uneven and potentially snowy ground. Limit 16.

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Nate Hambel, wildlife interpreter, Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Nate Hambel is a wildlife interpreter at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he educates visitors about urban wildlife, the center’s resident animals, and the rehabilitation of injured animals. With a Masters in biology, Nate is an avid birder and outdoors person, leading programs and trips that help people connect with nature. 

 

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