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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 fifteen years ago and has been hooked ever since.

Pam is a former Vice-Chair and Chair of the Houston Ornithology Group. 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 2020
April 18 @ 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more! The accident of geology makes the Upper Texas Coast a beacon to weary neotropical migrants finishing a 10+ hour, nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. From under an ancient sea, a salt dome emerged. After a few thousand years the dome reached just 38-feet above a pancake-flat coastal plain where it became covered with 20-30-foot oak trees, creating a vast canopy. This created High Island, which is now a beacon…

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April 19 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Come along and learn about the fine points of identifying gulls and shorebirds with the man who wrote the books about these birds, Kevin Karlson. Gulls Simplified (2018) and the Shorebird Guide (2006) are two of Kevin’s books that share a different style of ID for these birds that puts emphasis on physical features and comparative ID with similar species as well as traditional ID points without using confusing scientific terminology. Kevin will take us to hot spots on Galveston…

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