Listen to the Birds

Registration for this seminar is now closed.  To join the waiting list, please contact the Assistant Director at 920-839-2216 or


Our goal is to see as many birds as we can find—especially the ones participants select—in the most beautiful preserves in the county, and also to discover the value of learning as much as possible from birds that can be watched daily.  The goals of this seminar are to deepen participants’ love and excitement for these amazing creatures and to explore a new way of birding where participants can learn directly from one bird of choice, because that bird can teach you about all birds, really all other creatures, and even yourself.  Participants will learn field identification skills, bird sounds using a variety of sound tools in an evening workshop, techniques for understanding the complex behaviors of birds, and fascinating discoveries that science has made about birds.  The emerging importance of conserving and enhancing bird stopover habitats will be shared.  This course will visit Open Door Bird Sanctuary which has all kinds of birds, especially raptors.  They will feature their recently acquired Merlins. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite field guides. Participants must be able to walk on unpaved trails for distances of two miles over a period of 2 ½ hours.

Don Quintenz has been teaching environmental education since 1967 and came to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in 1981.  He previously worked with the Milwaukee Public Schools as their environmental specialist for five years, and before that he was with the Wisconsin Humane Society for three years as their environmental educator and the Wisconsin DNR as a resource technician.  He is currently the Senior Ecologist at Audubon.
The skill Quintenz has that he cherishes the most is his ability to excite and fascinate people about the natural world because of his intimate familiarity with the native flora and fauna.


Sunday, June 11, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
$840 double; $1,120 single; $415 commuter
Nature & Earth

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