Patsy Sue Glenn, Nature Lover, Writer, and Birding Visionary
September 20, 1937 - August 14, 2007
Photograph © 2004, Marilyn Griffin

Patsy Sue Glenn contributed throughout her residency in the Wimberley Valley to help make the area a better place. She taught Wimberley and visitors to Wimberley, online or on the ground, respect and understanding for the amazing variety of birds that are such an important part of the Wimberley experience.

Patsy Glenn came to the Wimberley Valley in 1993. She was one of many who moved to Wimberley in the hope of finding improved quality of air to help battle multiple chemical sensitivities.

Glenn first discovered her love of nature growing up as a child in Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman where she met her husband of 48 years, David Glenn, prior to completing her degree in Fashion Arts Merchandising in 1959. She received her teaching certificate in California in 1961 working as a grade school teacher prior to the birth of her daughter Diana in 1963 then her son, Michael in 1966. Over the years, Patsy and her family lived in many locations including Houston, Northern and Southern California, Copenhagen, Denmark and New Orleans prior to settling in Wimberley.

Patsy Glenn was a teacher and a naturalist. She worked passionately to preserve the local environment and foster appreciation of the natural gifts of the area.

Patsy Glenn's vision to create a nature refuge and bird sanctuary in the heart of Wimberley became a reality near the end of her life. The Patsy Glenn Bird Refuge is a place where children and adults alike can enjoy the natural beauty of the area and learn to respect and love birds, flowers, and other native wonders. Glenn was tireless in her efforts to establish the Refuge located next to the Community Center.

The Wimberley Birding Society named Patsy Glenn the first recipient of the Golden Eagle Award in 2002. The project once named "The Refuge" was renamed "The Patsy Glenn Refuge" in honor of her commitment and dedication.

Patsy Glenn especially loved researching and writing articles about her favorite birds in the Wimberley area. She was a primary contributor to The Birds of Wimberley, through which she reached hundreds of thousands of visitors who learned to appreciate and enjoy her entertaining subjects. Patsy Sue Glenn died on August 14, 2007, but her spirit lives on in the many contributions she made during her lifetime.

Click here to enjoy her articles at Birds of Wimberley.

Click here for more about the Patsy Glenn Bird Refuge.