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Pam Smolen


Pam Smolen was raised an army brat living in Alaska, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and finally settling in Texas. She grew up enjoying the outdoors, hiking, and camping. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She discovered the wonderful world of birds about ten years ago and has been hooked ever since.

Pam is a former Vice-Chair and Chair of the Houston Ornithology Group. Currently she is the Ornithology Group Librarian. She is an active volunteer for Houston Audubon. She has been Chair of the Birdathon committee and participates in many coastal work days. Pam contributes to Houston Audubon’s Citizen Science Program. She is the leader of the Houston Chimney Swift Count.

Upcoming Events

April 2018
April 21 @ 5:30 am - 3:30 pm

Six rail species winter or live year-round at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. This year, with an earlier departure time than in past years, this trip provides a good possibility for seeing or hearing them all – Yellow, Black, Sora, Virginia, Clapper and King Rails. Before the Yellow Rail Walk, the morning will begin with a search for Black Rails, which are very hard to see but can be heard calling most mornings in the spring. Participants may then choose…

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April 22 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

This fast-paced event will visit Galveston Island sites where birding over the previous three days has been the best, recognizing that weather conditions may be different. It’s a shorter version of the ever-popular Galveston Complete Birding Sampler. This may also be your chance, if you missed a bird on the Island, to ask your trip leaders if you might visit the site where it was seen. Targets: sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, gulls, terns, ducks, early migrating songbirds and…

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