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Glenn Olsen

OlsenGlenn leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and teaches bird identification, gardening for birds and butterflies, and nature related classes through Rice University’s Continuing Studies Department, Houston Audubon, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and the Texas Master Naturalist program.

He has served on the Houston Audubon Board as Vice President of Education and is a co-founder of the Wildscapes Workshop of the Native Plant Society of Texas where he served as president.

Glenn leads trips and conducts programs for many organizations and at birding and nature festivals. He has led trips to such exotic locales as the Andes of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica and the hottest birding locations in the U.S.

Contact Glenn at h.glenn.olsen@gmail.com or 832.517.2478.

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

FeatherFest favorite Glenn Olsen is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Glenn decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats, Sportsman Road and sites all the way to San Luis Pass so that he’ll be able to take you to all the best birding spots…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will be enjoyable as a stand-alone event, as well as a tune-up or primer, for those going to High Island or other woodlot venues where colorful migrating warblers can be expected. Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. See slides of warblers that migrate through our area. If you register for this workshop, consider Sunday's Warbler Watching Just for 12 with Glenn Olsen. Photo: Kevin Malo

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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 to weary Trans-Gulf migrants. This area provides wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for these migrants.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join FeatherFest favorite Glenn Olsen of GO Birding Ecotours and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Glenn's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Greg Miller.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 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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