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Become acquainted with the host of birds that nest and breed in our region. We will observe breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior; discuss food choices and nesting habits; and learn bird songs and calls. The class will visit different birding hotspots to seek out a diversity of summer birds in our region.
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors; includes walking on trails and uneven terrain. Please dress to be outdoors each day.
Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, binoculars, and field guides
Recommended text: Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley; available at the Arboretum Store
Driving directions: Several sessions will meet off-site; driving directions will be provided in class
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Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable within 24 hours the program’s start date. The Morton Arboretum cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations.
Students will be issued a full refund in the event that The Morton Arboretum cancels a class for any reason.
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When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through plant collections, science and conservation,...
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One of summer’s delights is enjoying visits from the ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn about these special guests and how to attract them to gardens. Migration, plant selection, eco-friendly gardening practices, nesting, supplemental feeding, and citizen science will be discussed. Take a home a plant hummingbirds love.
Saturday Jun 26th, 10:30am - 12pm Central Time
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Learn how to identify this unique order of insects as they take to the skies in early summer. Study their biology, behavior, habitat associations, and conservation efforts currently underway.
Monday Jul 12th, 10am - 12pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Trees may appear to be strong and silent, but they can "talk"—to one another, to other plants, and to animals and insects. Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn each other of insect attacks), as well as through complex fungal...
Tuesday Jul 13th, 6pm - 8pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Did you know that Blue Jays can mimic the cry of a Red-tailed Hawk? Train your ear to find them as well as other talented mimics, comical improvisers, brilliant songsters, and heart-throb spring soloists. The vocalizations of our native birds are many and vary...
Wednesday Aug 4th, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time
Study the crucial role birds, insects, and bats play in local ecosystems. Using gorgeous photographs taken over years of field study, expert naturalist Alan Wells discusses the many different types of pollination, as well as how the roles played by a plant's flower structure, nectar production, and fragrance.
Wednesday Aug 11th, 10am - 12pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
Enrich your understanding of our local natural areas by learning to identify the most common native plants you’re likely to encounter. Colorful flowers and swaying grasses change from day to day in the Arboretum’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Head outdoors with an expert and learn to identify some of the native stars of our natural areas. ...
Wednesday Jun 23rd, 6pm - 9pm Central Time
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