Have you ever wondered why a Three-wattled Bellbird is so named, or why an American Robin is not a “Rusty-breasted Thrush,” or why in the world there are names like buzzard, bustard, ptarmigan, seedsnipe, bulbul, Phainopepla, Phalarope, or Sputzy? Tom is the author of a national “bestseller,” Swahili: A Foundation for Speaking, Reading and Writing. He spent three years in Tanzania, over a year in Kenya, and in addition, studied languages in other African countries.
Now you might ask, what is Tom’s connection to birding? Tom has been interested in birds since the sixth grade. He always travelled with binoculars and began to learn more and more about the birds in the areas he studied and lived. He is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society and the South West Bird Study Club. His attention to detail and intense interest in language and the meaning of words have spilled over into the realm of avian taxonomy -- not mere list-making, but the "why" of a bird's name.
We think you'll find Tom's presentation informative -- at whatever level you birdwatch. Please join us at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA. (Map Below) Phone: (818) 697-5525