Stephan Lorenz has traveled and birded in literally every corner of the continent, from the Aleutian Islands to Dry Tortugas, from Newfoundland to Baja, and south to the Darian Gap, Panama. In between, he has visited 48 states, birded all of Central America, and has extensive birding experience in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Malaysia, Borneo, Australia, and South Africa. He has been involved with bird research and guiding for more than ten years and started birding during the winter months in Texas, which invariably meant looking down at sparrows, one of his favorite groups.
He completed a BS in Biology at the University of Houston and earned a MS in Biology from the University of Texas. His research focused on, no surprise, the landscape ecology of wintering grassland birds, mainly sparrows. Continuing ornithological field work, he joined several research projects, ranging from studying fragmentation of tropical forests in Jamaica for the Smithsonian Institute, to observing the breeding ecology of fairy-wrens in Australia for the Max Planck Institute. He also worked as a biologist for US Fish and Wildlife, conducting seabird studies in Alaska for three seasons, then joined National Audubon as a Bird Biologist and Educator in southern California, and has done extensive bird and mammal surveys in Texas. His love for the tropics lured him to Costa Rica, where he guided for two seasons in the Osa Peninsula at the Bosque del Rio Tigre Ecolodge. During the summers he has braved the cold working as a tour guide on St. Paul Island, Alaska, for two seasons. In addition to guiding experience in Texas and California, he recently worked as a bird guide in the Brazilian Amazon.
He has published more than sixty papers and articles on bird distribution, natural history, bird identification, and travel. Some of his photos and writing have appeared in BirdWatcher’s Digest, WildBird, Birder’s World, and ABA Winging It. He likes to share his experiences through regular presentations for Audubon Societies, Conferences, Festivals and Nature Clubs, with 30 presentations and workshops to date. Currently, he is a Professor of Biology at San Jacinto College and tries to turn up rarities in Texas, in addition to work on future articles and a book. His unbridled enthusiasm for anything feathered, or living for that matter, makes him an excellent companion in the field.