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Welcome to
Queens County Bird Club
since 1932

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, prefer short trips or birding all day, you will feel at home!

The Queens County Bird Club Inc. is a "Full Service" organization of naturalists:
Monthly Meetings - Noted speakers, vivid presentations
Field Trips - half-day, all-day, weekend
Conservation - projects, advocacy, support


NEXT MEETING VIA ZOOM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7:30PM

Please register in advance using this link here.
Zoom will send an email link for joining the meeting.

Annual election of QCBC officers will precede the presentation.

Holly Merker presents "Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul"

Watching birds: not only fun, but good for you!
Learn why getting your daily dose of Ornitherapy is just what the doctor ordered….
Ornitherapy leads to a more mindful approach to the observation of birds, benefitting our mind, body, and soul.

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 a form of “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. Come listen to how watching birds can bring you more than just the enjoyment.
 
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Holly Merker has a background in art therapy, but today employs birds and nature toward the same goals of wellbeing in her work as an environmental educator and birding guide. Holly has worked as a professional birding instructor for National Audubon, the American Birding Association, and many other organizations.

Passionate about connecting young people to birds, she co-founded the Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium, and has facilitated many young birder groups and teen birding camps. Dedicated to bird conservation, she has been state coordinator/reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Pennsylvania since 2005, and a two-term voting member of the PA Ornithological Records Committee, as well as the Committee Chair.

Holly is lead author of the book Ornitherapy: For Your Body, Mind, and Soul (along with co-authors Richard Crossley and Sophie Crossley, Crossley Books, 2021) and is currently promoting the practice of Ornitherapy and providing workshops and programs across the U.S.  
In her free time, Holly spends every possible moment practicing Ornitherapy herself, which she credits in helping her defeat breast cancer, restoring her health mentally and physically. 


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Upcoming field trips - see Calendar link for details and registration info
Due to COVID-19, QCBC is holding field trips with limited registration and social distancing, as per CDC guidelines.

  • Saturday, June 4 - Ward Pound Ridge
  • Saturday, June 11 - Nickerson Beach and Marine Nature Oceanside
  • Sunday, August 14 - Jamaica Bay

Follow-up on Jan. 2021 meeting: Horseshoe Crab conservation information can be found here
Follow-up on Feb 2021 meeting: Snowy Owl project information can be found
here .
Follow-up on April 2021 meeting: New member Chris Allieri is seeking volunteers for a new Rockaways shorebird conservation project, the NYC Plover Project
here .
Follow-up on May 2021 meeting: A description of Abigail's project is
here . To contribute, you may use one of these links: Pantanal Relief Fund Adopt a Jaguar Art for a Cause or Paypal link

Meeting recordings: allow time to download.
  • To view a recording of QCBC's Feb. 18, 2021 presentation of "Snowy Owls: the Ultimate Nomads" by Jean-Francois Therrien of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of QCBC's Mar. 18, 2021 presentation of "New Discoveries on Songbird Migration" by Prof. Bridget Stutchbury, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of QCBC's Apr. 2, 20211 presentation of "NYS Breeding Bird Atlas: Update after one year" by Brendan Fogarty, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of Abigail Martin's May 18, 2021 presentation on "Discover the Pantanal Jaguar", use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Paul Sieswerda's Sept 22, 2021 presentation on Gotham Whales, use this link here .
  • To view a recording of Nathan Pieplow's Oct 20, 2021 presentation on "The Language of Birds", use this link here .
  • To view a recording of Michael Brothers' March 16, 2022 presentation on "Pelagic Birding", use this link here.



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