Adult Opportunities

Winter Wildlife ID and Tracking

Use animal tracks, signs, and knowledge of their behavior to identify local mammals.

Content Detail

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 in the Chicago region, it is possible to see signs of them throughout the woods and ponds. In this class at The Morton Arboretum, participants will 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 wildlife ID, animal behavior, and adaptations.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Susan Lawrence, adjunct professor, Aurora University

Age: 16 and older

Course number: N019

Susan Lawrence, adjunct professor, Aurora University

Susan Lawrence holds a master of science degree and is an adjunct professor of biology at Aurora University. She is a retired senior ranger from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County with abundant experience in urban wildlife and their habitats.

What to Know

Dress for extended time outdoors.

Plan to walk up to two miles on uneven and potentially snowy ground.

Program Schedule

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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