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Director of Birder Brain 

Kelly-Sue O'Connor

Pronouns: She/Her  


Originally from Riverview, New Brunswick, now living in Blenheim, Ontario, 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, Bird Friendly Cities, leading bird walks for Ontario Field Ornithologists and is currently the President of the West Elgin Nature Club.

Kelly-Sue 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) Anxiety, Depression, and other health issues experienced by many, she was inspired to share her love of birding and its healing benefits with others. This project aims to share tips on how to use birding to improve your own mental and physical health as well share the stories and experiences of others. 




*A special thank you to Daccia Bloomfield and Roger Leblanc for all the volunteer work they have also put in to help with this project.

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I want to thank Paul Oliver, the owner of Urban Nature Stores for taking an interest in this project and offering to cover the monthly operating costs for the next 12 months. It is partnerships like this that make sure the project can continue! Please support Urban Nature Store by shopping in person or online at  And visit their blog for special blog posts from me in the future and other great articles! 



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