Identifying and Learning Warbler Vocalizations

WHAT: Workshop—Identifying and Learning Warbler Vocalizations
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center | ADDRESS: 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107
COST: $20  | LIMIT: 80  |  Advance reservation required, NO drop-ins. 


TO RESERVE: Check or money order payable to Los Angeles Audubon
MAIL TO: Los Angeles Audubon–Field Trips, Attn: Susan Castor, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles, CA 90041

On Sat., Oct.19, 2013, 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m., Tom Stephenson will continue his discussion on warbler identification as Los Angeles Audubon and Pasadena Audubon Society host a warbler workshop at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107.  Advance sign-up is required.  Sorry–no drop-ins.  The workshop is open to the first 80 paid participants.  We encourage you to bring a brown bag lunch.  To reserve your spot, mail the $20 fee by check or money order payable to: Los Angeles Audubon, sorry–credit cards are NOT accepted.  Please include the email address and phone number for each participant and wait for an email confirmation.  Mailing Address: Los Angeles Audubon—Field Trips, Attn: Susan Castor, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041. For more information call (323) 876-0202 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This workshop by Tom Stephenson will cover many new techniques that make it easier to identify singing warblers and other species. This workshop will first cover how to understand and use sonograms to learn what makes a vocalization unique and how to differentiate similar-sounding species.

Based on a new system outlined in The Warbler Guide Tom will explain and demonstrate how understanding a song’s structure, and the characteristics of the Elements and Phrases that make up the song, can speed up the identification process and make it easier to remember all kinds of vocalizations. There will also be a discussion of how to use a song finder to quickly identify a singing warbler using the objective, easy-to-hear qualities of a song.


The Warbler Guide will be available for sale from LAAS and Tom will be available for book signing.  Purchases can be made with cash or check only.

The author will also explain a simple 3-step memorization system that he has used many times to memorize 300 or more songs for a trip to a new country.

And, if time permits, there will be a discussion of how to study and identify the vocalizations of groups of similar-sounding species, such as western thrashers, and also how to learn the very short chip and flight calls of warblers and other species.