Gulf Coast Birding

Discover the variety of birds in the Texas Gulf Coast from the yellow-crowned night heron to the peregrine falcon, with a guided birdwatching field trip.

As a world-renowned region for birding, the Texas Gulf Coast is home to a great number and variety of beautiful birds. The roseate spoonbill, the yellow-crowned night heron, the American avocet, the scissor-tailed flycatcher and the peregrine falcon are just a few examples of birds that can be found either in Houston or within a short drive. In this introduction to birding—one of the fastest-growing outdoor recreational interests in the country—learn to identify birds that can be seen throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. The course also includes a guided field trip, led by instructor Glenn Olsen, to observe the behavior of birds in their natural habitat and to gain experience in bird identification.

Image: American avocet (Flickr/Brent Trentler)

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1023.F18.1 Glenn Olsen On-campus 1:30–3 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018

Instructor: Glenn Olsen

Glenn Olsen has taught for 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, the Master Naturalist Program and is past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 27, 2018

End Date: Oct. 25, 2018

Schedule: 1:30–3 p.m.

Length: Five Thursdays (plus field trip on Saturday, Nov. 3, 8:30–11:30 a.m.)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $220

Early Registration: $210 if registering by Sept. 13

Rice Alumni: $198

CEUs: 1.05

Note: Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

+ Principles of bird identification

+ Selecting binoculars and field guides

+ Migrant birds, resident birds, wintering birds

+ Where and when to see birds

+ Habitat needs of birds

+ Simple steps you can take to help birds