Ellis Bird Farm is open for the 2014 season! Check out our events, workshops and programs, visit the Tea House for delicious food and linger in the gardens.

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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*Please note that reservations are recommended for the Tea House, especially on Sundays. Phone 403-586-4547 for reservations*
Bluebird Festival @ Ellis Bird Farm
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.

Summertime Country Drive
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm

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.

Geolocator Talk
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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.

Evening Event Fundraiser
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening Event Fundraiser

Join us for our annual Evening Event fundraiser!

Cocktails 5:00pm

Dinner 6:30pm

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.

Tickets: $50.00.

Call us at 403-885-4477 or email us for tickets or more information.

Thank you to MEGlobal for donating the beef and to Dow for donating the bird houses.
Art and Nature Day Camp
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Macrophotography Workshop @ Ellis Bird Farm
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Please note that this is a one day course. There is a repeat of the workshop offered on August 19th.*
Instructor: Adrian Thysse
Close-up and Macro Photography with the DSLR
For photographers who already own a DSLR and are familiar with manual exposure, this workshop will introduce you to the fascinating world of close-up and macro photography. We will look at specialized equipment and accessories as well as simple ways to achieve great results, no matter what type of DSLR you own. Then, we will work on techniques to overcome the inherent difficulties of magnified photography. We will do an overview of basic composition and have opportunities to practice macro photography on the beautiful grounds of the Ellis Bird Farm. Some loaner equipment and accessories will be available. As a minimum, please bring your camera and lens, and if you have them,a macro lens, an external flash and tripod.
  • AM Equipment and Accessories, Understanding exposure.
  • PM Techniques with Natural Light and Flash, Composition and Practice.


About Adrian:


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.

Upcoming Events

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Tea House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Delicious Home Cooking Visit the Tea House for tea, lunch or an ice cream!


beaver May 8 Watch LIVE We have live webcams up and running in several lodges; take a peek!

Support Us

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA How to Help Donations are welcome and gratefully accepted at Ellis Bird Farm.

Bird Farm Blog

Check out the Bird Farm Blog for the latest stories, pictures and videos from Ellis Bird Farm!

Evening Event a Great Success!


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

Pollinator Photo Contest!


Pollinators are keystone species upon which the health of most life forms and ecosystems depend. Populations of these species are declining world wide, primarily due to habitat loss through development.. read more

Opening Day 2014


A great first day at EBF! Two hikes to the West Woods to see owls and owlets, in addition to peeking in tree cavities with a cavity cam were the.. read more