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Glenn Olsen

Glenn leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours to the hottest birding locations in the U.S., exotic locales such as the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Honduras.  His tours include aspects of the culture, ecology and natural history of the region.

Glenn’s classes at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies encompass the identification of birds, gardening for birds, butterflies and pollinators, sustainable landscaping, native plants and other nature related subjects. At Houston Audubon his classes focus on the identification of the many birds found in Texas. Glenn  has completed the Master Naturalist course and gives classes for the program.

He has served on the board of Houston Audubon as Vice President of Education and as President of both the Houston Chapter and the statewide organization of the Native Plant Society of Texas. He co-founded Wildscapes Workshops, an event that for twenty years has celebrated the importance of native plants, pollinators, and birds.

Glenn has led field trips and/or given presentations for the Texas Ornithological Society, Houston Audubon, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Galveston FeatherFest, Rockport HummerBird Festival, the Native Plant Society of Texas, WildScapes Workshops, the Katy Prairie Conservancy, Houston Arboretum, and others.

Glenn grew up on a farm and was fascinated by birds, snakes, plants, and insects he found while roaming the fields and forest. In college he fell in love with Philosophy which suited his passion for learning. Additionally, Glenn enjoys food, chocolate, photography, and reading. Contact Glenn at h.glenn.olsen@gmail.com or 832-517-2478.

Upcoming Events

April 2020
April 14 @ 6:30 am - April 15 @ 3:00 pm

The East Texas ecosystem is often referred to as the Pineywoods because of the abundant pine trees that are the dominant tree species for the region. To stand beneath these majestic trees and soak in their quiet beauty is a glorious experience. Toss in some excellent birding for neotropical migrants, a couple of rare birds, a few habitat restricted birds and you have an exciting day to look forward to!

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April 16 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

iNaturalist is a social network of thousands of individuals that share an interest in all things related to nature and the outdoors. This powerful community is accessed via an application from your phone or via a computer and the internet. If you are just beginning, iNaturalist can provide an invaluable tool for you to learn about and share with others your love of nature. If your interest is birds, butterflies, plants, dragonflies, beetles, frogs, snakes, mammals or any other nature…

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April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dust off and brush up your warbler eye! Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. We present slides of warblers that migrate through our area and explain ways of identifying these colorful birds. After a one-hour primer, we take a bus to Laffite’s cove. We’ve timed this trip to coincide with the afternoon arrival of migrating birds. Laffite’s cove is one of the best places on the island to see excellent…

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April 18 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

We will concentrate on gaining a deeper understanding of bird identification. Our approach is to observe differences in body structure, behavior, habitat preferences, and feeding styles of various species of birds. This trip allows us time to observe and discover the distinct characteristics of each species as opposed to generating a list of a larger number of species that we know little about. Notebooks are encouraged! We will first travel to east beach, viewing a precious and increasingly rare ecosystem.…

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April 19 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

Back by popular demand, we offer this select trip to a dozen lucky people. You will be guided by one of our most experienced birders and all-around nature lover, Glenn Olsen. Glenn leads nature tours in the US and overseas but he calls the upper Texas coast home. His extensive knowledge of local birding areas is sure to yield excellent views of migrating warblers as they move through our area on their way to nesting habitat. As a bonus, Glenn is also…

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April 20 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

We will begin this spring migration adventure with birding guide Glenn Olsen at the Texas Ornithological Society's (TOS) Sabine Woods Sanctuary and bird our way to McFaddin Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, we'll also visit Sea Rim State Park. Throughout this field trip, we will see a wonderful diversity of habitat and bird species.

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