Ornitherapy: Watching birds, not only fun, but good for you too!

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 8:00am

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.

Mid-Coast Audubon is hosting a program about Ornitherapy on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. 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.

This program will be presented exclusively online. Visit https://midcoast.maineaudubon.org/event/ornitherapy/ to register for this free Zoom program presented in partnership with the Camden Library.

Holly Merker has a background in art therapy, but today uses birds and nature towards the same goals delivering nature-based wellness programming to people of all ages. Holly has been a professional environmental educator and birding instructor for the past two decades, working for: National Audubon, the American Birding Association, Hillstar Nature, and many other organizations. 
Merker is lead author of the award-winning book “Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul” (Crossley Books, 2021) which guides readers into explorations that optimize the wellness benefits birding can provide us.