Holly Merker, Pennsylvania
FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, SYMPOSIUM CO-CHAIR
Holly has been a professional birding guide and environmental educator for over twenty years, and continues to love guiding people into rewarding experiences with birds and the habitats we share with them. Holly has worked extensively with young birders, from helping create a bird club at the local elementary school, to acting as Director for the American Birding Association’s Camp Delaware Bay (formerly Camp Avocet) since the camp began in 2013, and as an instructor for National Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Maine.
Today her focus centers around the wellness benefits birds and nature provide our overall wellbeing, coauthoring two books on this subject and providing nature-based wellness programming around the US.
In 2022, Holly was awarded the Conservation and Education Award by the American Birding Association, recognizing her work in both areas of birding.