A good time was had by all at our Annual Evening Event on July 18th. 75 people sipped beverages and enjoyed a lovely beef dinner prepared by the Ellis Bird.. read more
Welcome to Ellis Bird Farm
Located in the heart of central Alberta, Ellis Bird Farm is both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm during the summer months, when we are open to the public. We invite you to stroll the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes, take a tour out to our bluebird trail, visit the Visitor Centre and linger in the Tea House. We invite you to visit us! Enjoy a country drive in Central Alberta, find directions to Ellis Bird Farm here.
Ellis Bird Farm Gardens
Stroll through beautiful gardens, designed and maintained with the environment and wildlife habitat as a priority.
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Join us for our annual Bluebird Festival! Enjoy musical entertainment by Jazz Explosion, crafts, nestbox building, tours and more!
The Lakeside Social Workers will be offering lunch as their annual fundraiser. Come enjoy some Sloppy Joes for $5 and support their efforts in the Lacombe area.
We will also have a Neighbours Market with local growers and businesses.
All activities are free of charge, with the exception of nestboxes at $5.00 each.
As part of your country drive, check out our Annual Bluebird Festival on July 12th.
On July 13th, you can build a nestbox for $5 (all day). At 1pm, join us for a tour of EBF. Tour by donation.
Check out www.countrydrive.ca for details on this great Central Alberta initiative.
The Tea House will be offering homemade sausage on a bun and BBQ pulled pork on a bun with coleslaw.
Dr. Kevin Fraser will be giving a free public lecture at Ellis Bird Farm on Sunday July 13th about his Purple Martin and Mountain Bluebird migration research using light level geolocators.
Join us for our annual Evening Event fundraiser!
Enjoy a beef dinner prepared by the Ellis Bird Farm Tea House. Bid on beautifully crafted bird houses made from pieces of prairie homesteads. Enjoy a glass of wine in the evening light. Tours to the beaver lodge will also be offered.
Morley Maier and Shelly Westberg of Yorkton, SK create lovely bird houses using hardware, wood and other items found in and on old farmhouses. We will be auctioning them off through a live and silent auction.
Call us at 403-885-4477 or email us for tickets or more information.
Spend the day at Ellis Bird Farm exploring the creative side of nature! Enjoy hands-on activities and projects with birds and plants as your inspiration!
Ages 10 -14
$25 per participant
Along with your creativity, please pack a bag lunch and water bottle.
Waivers are required for this program. If your child will be dropped off with someone other than a legal guardian, please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements for signing the waiver.
- AM Equipment and Accessories, Understanding exposure.
- PM Techniques with Natural Light and Flash, Composition and Practice.
I am a freelance photographer and writer based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The province of Alberta is unique in Canada in that it contains within its boundaries a wide variety of landscapes and habitats that provide a broad range of subject matter for the naturalist to explore. From the northern boreal forest and lakes, the mountains in the west, the prairies to the east and the arid southern badlands; Alberta has a wealth of opportunities for the passionate nature photographer. I explore this natural world with my camera — from vast landscapes through rural farmlands and down to the smallest details.
Alberta’s wealth lies not only in its natural places, but also in the people who live here, past and present. From the First Nations to the descendants of the first traders, ranchers and farmers, Alberta now sustains a diverse population from all corners of the globe. Agriculture, forestry and the oil industry all interact throughout the province, sometimes creating tension, but often working together in a sort of harmony. I explore this human environment, photographing the remnants of the first settlers as well as agricultural and industrial landscapes, with the hope of eventually portraying the lifestyles and interactions of the diverse people who make Alberta home.
While Alberta is my home base, I do not limit myself to this province. I am interested in projects throughout western Canada and into the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and I look forward to doing work in tropical rain-forest environments.
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Delicious Home Cooking Visit the Tea House for tea, lunch or an ice cream!
Watch LIVE We have live webcams up and running in several lodges; take a peek!
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