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Birding in Northern Ecuador

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Sue Killeen - Former club president      Northern Ecuador features some of the country's best-known birding locales. It is possible to see over 400 species in 10 days.  The west slope of the Andes and the lowlands of the northwest encompass part of the Choco Endemic region where many endemics and near endemics are found. […]

Birding Beyond the Roaring 40’s

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Dorothy Bedford Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Monarch Butterfly Adventure

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Shirley Klein Learn about the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, and view the butterflies in their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Birds at Home and Afar

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Bill Barber Bill will present photographs from his home county of Berks County as well as from the many international trips he has taken over the past 10 years. Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Birding with BQ in Arizona

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Brian Quindlen Southeastern Arizona is a birder’s paradise! On his first-ever trip to this region, BQ and friends made the most of their time exploring as many hotspots as they could fit into five days. Through photography and digiscoping, they were able to observe many of the species that make Arizona a premier birding destination […]

Members’ photos

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Coordinated by Luc Jacobs. If you have photos to contribute contact Luc at  jacobsluc52@yahoo.com or 484-706-1999. Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Alaska’s St. Paul Island or “I Can See Russia From Here”

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Linda Widdop - President of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

While you can’t really see Russia from any point in Alaska, St. Paul Island is pretty close. Located in the Bering Sea, this island is a destination for birders who want to see birds that are blown over from Russia and other parts of Europe and Asia. We will learn about the bird species that have been found on the island recently, facts about the island and how to plan a successful trip.

Linda recently visited St. Paul Island for the first time with a group of friends including Marty Dellwo and Todd Fellenbaum. She will share stories and photos from the trip.

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

St. Paul Island Sign5

100 Birds To Be Seen In A Lifetime

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Armas Hill

Based on a book, first published in 2008 (with a second printing in 2019), "100 Birds to See in Your Lifetime", Armas will do the countdown, as in the book, from 100 to 1, with about 50 of the interesting and spectacular species with which he is familiar.
Those birds will be from 6 continents, having names such as: magnificent, superb, marvelous, and resplendent.

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body and Soul

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Holly Merker - Club member and lead author of the new book "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, or a more mindful approach to the observation of birds, benefits 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.

 

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.

 

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.