With Glenn Olsen
Classroom location: Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. 440 Wilchester Blvd., Houston, TX 77079. Telephone: 713-932-1639
Classroom sessions are normally held in the administration building which is the brick building you first come to on the gravel drive as you enter the sanctuary. On a rare occasion we meet in the log cabin, which is the second building.
Field trip locations: We will review all the details for the field trip in class. The instructor will be checking for bird activity the week of the class to maximize our opportunity to see birds. You will be provided info by email on what to bring and complete driving directions to our meeting location a few days before the field trip.
Waterfowl of the Upper Coast: January 24-28
The Upper Texas Coast is an amazing area for wintering waterfowl. Each year we have thousands of ducks (24 species possible) and thousands of geese (5 species possible) and mergansers (2 species). While the identification of male ducks is often straightforward, the same cannot be said of the more cryptically colored females. Therein lies the challenge and fun of duck identification. We will learn techniques for separating the 24 species of ducks, the different species of geese, and the mergansers. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.
Class: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (7:00-8:45 PM
Field Trip: Saturday, January 28, 2017 (7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Wintering Sparrows: February 21-25
Secretive and challenging to identify are what make this group of birds Fun. The Upper Texas Coast is a great place to see wintering sparrows. Learn the key principles of identification that will enable you to separate the 17 different species that are possible. After this class you will no longer call sparrows little brown birds, you will recognize them as sparrows. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.
Class: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (7:00-8:45 PM
Field Trip: Saturday, February 25, 2017 (7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Warbler Identification: March 21-25
People come from all over the world to the Houston Audubon High Island Sanctuaries to experience the migration and arrival of the "jewels" of the bird world. Learn about the remarkable migration journey of these small and beautiful birds. Learn the principles to identify the 37 different species of warblers that are possible to see in our area. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.
Class: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (7:00-8:45 PM
Field Trip: Saturday, March 25, 2017 (7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Shorebirds: May 23-27
Shorebirds are an elegant and beautiful group of birds that grace our shores, marshes, and fields. The upper coast is one of the best places in North America to enjoy and learn about Shorebirds. Some species are seen primarily in migration, some primarily during winter and others we have throughout the year. Join us to learn how to simplify the identification of shorebirds. Through an organized and systematic approach to identification, you will soon learn to recognize most of the shorebirds. For the peeps, well that takes a little more time and practice but we will get you on the right path to learn these small, challenging and beautiful shorebirds also. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.
Class: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (7:00-8:45 PM
Field Trip: Saturday, May 27, 2017 (7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
Glenn has had a passionate interest in nature since early childhood. In addition to bird identification, he has a special interest in the relationships of plants, birds, butterflies, and other insects. Glenn teaches Bird Identification and Nature Related classes at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is an instructor for Audubon’s Birding classes. He served as State President and Houston Chapter president of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Glenn is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and is a regular speaker for the training program. He leads field trips for the Katy Prairie Conservancy and gives presentations at festivals such as Galveston FeatherFest and the Rockport/Fulton Hummingbird Festival among others. Glenn also leads professional birding and natural history tours for groups and individuals with recent trips to Big Bend, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Amazon Rain Forest and The Galapagos Islands. Find out more on Glenn's GO Birding Ecotours Facebook page. Contact Glenn at email@example.com.