Ellis Bird Farm is now closed for the season. We will reopen on May 18, 2015. Thanks for a great summer!

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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Special Recent Posts

Busy Beavers!

Busy Beavers!

September 21st, 2014

The beavers are preparing for winter! They're building their lodge up to and over the walking path aRead More

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Farm Box dinners at EBF Tea House!

September 12th, 2014

EBF Tea House operators, 'Terre it Up Catering', are continuing to offer Farm Box dinners this fall.Read More

*Please note that reservations are recommended for the Tea House, especially on Sundays. Phone 403-586-4547 for reservations*

Upcoming Events

IMG_0135 View Calendar Drop-in, join one of our programs or participate in our special events.

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!

Thank You Dr. Ken Fry!


Our thanks to Dr Ken Fry and his students at Olds College for updating our insect collection! Our old collection was in poor shape, so Dr Fry and students collected.. read more

Ellis Bird Farm Bug Jamboree, 9 August 2014


By Dr Charley Bird Myrna Pearman and team once again organized a Bug Jamboree at the Ellis Bird Farm, southeast of Lacombe. Over 250 adults and children attended. A pollinator.. read more

Bug Jamboree 2014


Thanks to everyone who attended our annual Bug Jamboree! We are very grateful to the entomologists who set up stations at the site and were willing to share their knowledge.. read more