Date: Friday, 9/16
Age Group: Adults 18+
Program Location: Shanis Auditorium OR via Zoom
Description: Watching birds: not only fun, but good for you! Learn why getting your daily dose of Ornitherapy is just what the doctor ordered…. We’re pushed and pulled in many directions, no matter our age. If we allow birds and nature to slow us down, we are practicing “selfcare”. Research shows that exposure to nature actively reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, while helping build a stronger heart and immune system. Birds are gateways into deeper experiences with nature, magnifying these benefits. Through observation, we can learn not only about birds, but gain insight into our own lives while exploring our connection to the world around us. This fosters stewardship and bolsters conservation. Within the program, we’ll delve into our connections to birds, how to practice Ornitherapy for optimal benefits, and learn about the latest research in the power of nature for overall wellbeing.
The Wyncote Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the nearly 2000 Audubon members who reside in major portions of Montgomery County and Philadelphia including Chestnut Hill, East Falls, Manayunk, Mt. Airy, Roxborough, North Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia.
Presenter: Holly Merker is the lead author of the award-winning book Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul. Holly has been a professional environmental educator and birding instructor for the past two decades, working for: National Audubon, the American Birding Association, and many other organizations. She is also a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (ANFT).
Registration: Online registration required. Register here on Eventbright.