Southern Africa photo collage by Tom Stephenson


Presented by Tom Stephenson

Date: Wed., Apr. 13th, 2016 | Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park

Southern Africa is home to a huge range of stunning and unique birds and mammals. It’s one of a few places on earth where you can be surrounded by a herds of wild animals and feel like you’re at the beginning of time.

Tom Stephenson, author of The Warbler Guide book and app, will show photographs and discuss the range of species and habitats that make southern Africa so special. Come see a range of birds including stunning Sunbirds, colorful rarities like Rockjumpers and Rockrunners, raptors, cranes, kingfishers, barbets, albatross, penguins, Spurfowl, Korhaan, Bustards, Bee-eaters, Mousebirds, Waxbills, Canaries, Scrub-robins, Robin-chats, Prinia, Camaroptera, Larks, Pipits, and, of course, warblers...(warning...they are mostly brown...!)

A full range of mammals will be also be on display, along with a scary, 2-minute-long recording Tom made of a lion's midnight sequence of territorial roars.

There will also be photos of the some of the local pastoralists, panoramas of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib; and some of southern Africa's unique ecosystems, including the Fynbos, with the highest number of plant species on the planet.

Brief Biography

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the Birds and Handbook of the Mammals of the World, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil.

He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in Asia, where he trained guides for the government of Bhutan. He has donated many recordings of Eastern Himalayan rarities and other Asian species to Cornell’s Macaulay Library of Natural sounds.

He was on Zeiss’s digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding and in 2011 his team won the World Series Cape Island Cup. Tom and team also hold the US record for a Photo Big Day, capturing 208 species on camera in a 24-hour period.

As a musician he played concerts and did studio work for many years, working with several Grammy and Academy Award winners as well as performing with members of the NY Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His clients included the Grateful Dead, Phil Collins and the FBI. He joined Roland Corporation in 1991, managed the recorder division, and retired recently as Director of Technology.

His latest book, The Warbler Guide, is published by Princeton University Press and recently won the National Outdoor Book Award. The Warbler Guide App just won the 2015 Design Award for AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show. His new app, BirdGenie, a “shazam” for bird song, should be available late 2015.

Tom is endorsed by Zeiss Sports Optics.

Directions and Map to Debs Park

Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: 323-221-2255
Fax: 323-221-2444

From Pasadena (110 South):
Use Avenue 52 Exit
Take a left, over the Arroyo
Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue
Our entrance will be on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields

From Downtown Los Angeles (110 North):
Use Avenue 52 Exit
Take a right, over the Arroyo
Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue
Our entrance will be on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields

On Public Transportation:
The Audubon Center is within walking distance from:
Metro Bus 81, 83, 252, 256
Metro Gold Line - Southwest Museum Station


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