Linking the “fly” ways - the connection between stream ecosystems, fly fishers and birds around them

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will sponsor this free online program on May 9, presented by Holly Merker, a practitioner of “ornitherapy.”

| 25 Apr 2022 | 06:20

Beach Lake, PA – The connection between streams, fly fishers, and birds will soon be explained. The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is offering a free online program on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST.

While you may recognize the soundtrack of birdsong of the waterways you fish in, here’s an opportunity to come and learn more about the lives and songs of the birds that become your stream companions in spring and summer. Presenter Holly Merker will “tie” in the hatches that match the occurrence of the songs you might be hearing and share more about the wonders of the birds around us and how to find them.

The art of fly fishing can be likened to what birdwatchers call using a “sit spot”: a place to be still and quiet, where birds and other wildlife come to you, allowing you a front-row view into their behaviors and lives. Riparian corridors are rich with birdlife which are linked to and dependent upon these habitats for the food and shelter they provide.

Holly Merker has a background in art therapy, but now employs birds and nature toward the same goals of wellbeing in her work as an environmental educator and birding guide. She has taught stream ecology to thousands of school students in Chester County for the last 15 years and loves to watch the transformation that occurs when kids explore the world of streams.

Merker is a professional birding instructor for National Audubon, the American Birding Association, and other organizations. Dedicated to bird conservation, she has been state coordinator/reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Pennsylvania since 2005.

Merker believes that nature is a powerful healer and 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) which uses birds as the guides into deeper connections with the birds outside our own doors. Merker is currently promoting the practice of ornitherapy and providing workshops and programs across the U.S. In her free time, Holly practices ornitherapy herself, which she credits in helping her defeat breast cancer, restoring her health mentally and physically.

Use the link below to join the program.

Time: May 9, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Free Zoom Meeting (Limit 100 participants) ID: 875 0287 5646Passcode: 838560