April 5, 2022
Volume I | Issue No. 1
Welcome to our first official "Bird's Eye View of Rushton" newsletter! This is where you'll receive weekly updates from the field once bird banding begins next week.
Visitor releasing a Gray Catbird at Rushton Banding Station last fall. Photo by Blake Goll
BLAKE'S BIRD BULLETIN
No banding news yet, but I wanted to personally invite you to attend an exciting virtual program this Thursday evening: Ornitherapy, the Practice of Mindful Birding. Holly Merker is a local and beloved Chester County birder who is dedicated to bird conservation and now spreading the message of Ornitherapy to help others optimize their wellbeing with birds. She herself credits her recent recovery from breast cancer in part to the healthful connection to nature that birding brings.
Click the button below to learn all about her new book Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, Soul. During the program, Holly will delve into our connections to birds, how to practice Ornitherapy, and the latest research on the power of nature for overall wellbeing. Come listen to how watching birds can bring you more than just enjoyment and why birds are truly heart healthy!
Holly Merker, lead author of Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, Soul
Join us for Bird Banding at the Rushton Woods Banding Station every Thursday at 7:30 am, April - May and September - November, and observe all phases of bird banding research including:
Park at 911 Delchester Road and follow the signs to the Banding Station to join us. Note: We don't band if it rains or if temperatures fall below 40 degrees. Sign up by clicking the button to the left!
BIRD STAFF | Meet the Flock
Lisa Kiziuk | Director of Bird Conservation Program
Todd Alleger | New England Motus Project Technician
Aaron Coolman | Motus Technician and Avian Migration Ecologist
Shelly Eshleman | Motus Avian Research Coordinator
Alison Fetterman | Bird Conservation Associate & Northeast Motus Collaboration Project Manager
RUSHTON WOODS PRESERVE
Our Contact Information
Rushton Woods Preserve is a protected 86-acre Willistown Conservation Trust Nature Preserve, and the location of Rushton Farm, as well as our many Programs and Events. Nestled in the woods of Rushton Woods Preserve is our Bird Banding station, which is uniquely situated to measure bird populations' response to agroecological farming practices and habitat restoration and management.