Kelly-Sue O’Connor found birding as a way to practice self-care, grounding, meditation and mindfulness. Diagnosed with an auto-immune, C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Syndrome), ADHD (attention deficit disorder), and other health issues experienced by many, she was inspired to share her love of birding and its healing benefits with others. This presentation will include an overview of the project, a short documentary (one of the Birder Brain episodes), some of Kelly-Sue’s favourite mindful birding experiences and tips on how to use birding to improve your own mental and physical health.
Originally from Riverview, NB now living in Blenheim, ON, Kelly-Sue has been a birder for 16 years now. She has been very involved in citizen science during that time starting with several Christmas Bird Counts a year, volunteering for nature organizations, fundraising and sitting on boards like the Toronto Ornithological Club, Friends of Sam Smith Park, and Bird Friendly Cities, and leading bird walks for Ontario Field Ornithologists.
You can learn more about birder brain on the website: www.birderbraindoc.com. The social media links are available there as well. Kelly-Sue looks forward to sharing her personal experiences and the story of other birders with The Hamilton Naturalist’s Club’s Bird Study Group.
Please join us before the meeting at 7:00 p.m. for social time.
In-person location: The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St. S. Hamilton, ON
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86797267165