What makes Texas a destination for bird lovers from around the world? If you haven’t birded Texas yet, you have missed one of the lone star state’s best-kept secrets and top attractions. Located on a major flyway for neotropical birds, Texas sees an influx of species each spring and fall as they rest and refuel on migrations between Central and South America and the central and northeastern United States and Canada. Our state also has enormous biological diversity with 10 major vegetative regions. Each Texas ecoregion hosts different species, and several are home to rare birds such as the golden-cheeked warbler, the black-capped vireo and the red-cockaded woodpecker. In this class, we explore the unique birds in each of our 10 ecoregions; the migration of warblers, shorebirds, hawks and songbirds; and where and when to see these wonderful birds. 

Course Details

Glenn Olsen has taught for the Houston Audubon Society and formerly served as its vice president of education. He has also provided nature education for the Garden Club of Houston, the Katy Prairie Conservancy, the Master Naturalist Program and various nature organizations. Mr. Olsen leads birding and nature tours in the U.S. and Central and South America to explore temperate and tropical ecosystems. He also periodically contributes articles to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Olsen has completed the Master Gardener Program and the Master Naturalist Program, and is past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Online: Synchronous
This course will be delivered in a synchronous format online. Registered participants will receive login instructions to the course page, which will provide access to the virtual classroom link and other resources.

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory; Houston Audubon Society; Texas Master Naturalists, Gulf Coast Chapter


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