Please note: We are now closed for the season - see you when we open on Monday May 19, 2014!
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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

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Stroll through beautiful gardens, designed and maintained with the environment and wildlife habitat as a priority.

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2014 Programs and Events are Posted!

April 13th, 2014

We've been working hard on our summer events calendar! Get your pencil (or smart phone!) and mark doRead More

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Be the First to Spot a Mountain Bluebird This Spring!

March 6th, 2014

EBF is offering a reward for the first bluebird sighting of the year! Bluebirds usually show up in CRead More

We are now closed for the season – see you when we open on Monday May 19, 2014!

Hours – May 19 – September 1

Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Mondays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please note that Ellis Bird Farm is closed on Mondays

May – September 2014

Opening Day!
May 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Springtime Country Drive @ Ellis Bird Farm
June 7, 2014 @ 11:00 am – June 8, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for garden tours, bird box checking, an early morning bird walk in the west woods and Tea House Specials. Details to come. Visit http://www.countrydrive.ca [...]
Pollinator Gardens Workshop @ Ellis Bird Farm
June 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us at the Ellis Bird Farm to learn what you can do in your own garden to provide a healthy and rich habitat for [...]
Medicinal Plant Walk @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 6, 2014 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ellis Bird Farm’s gardens are more than pleasing to the eye. Planted with butterflies, birds and bees in mind, the gardens are bursting with medicinal [...]
Beginner Photography @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 8, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Adrian Thysse Introduction to Photography with the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) For new and prospective owners of a DSLR, this workshop will [...]
Knee High Naturalists @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Program is designed for 3 – 7 year olds A program designed specifically for the Knee High Naturalists in your family! Enjoy an hour of [...]
Summertime Country Drive
July 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am – July 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
As part of your country drive, check out our Annual Bluebird Festival on July 12th and on the 13th, we’ll offer nestbox building and site [...]
Bluebird Festival @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 12, 2014 @ 11:00 pm – 3:00 am
Join us for our annual Bluebird Festival! Enjoy musical entertainment by Jazz Explosion, crafts, nestbox building, tours and more! Lunch will be available, details to [...]
Art and Nature Day Camp
July 21, 2014 all-day
Details to come
Macrophotography Workshop @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 [...]
Bird Photography Workshop @ Ellis Bird Farm
July 27, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Gerald Romanchuk 3 Steps For Bird Photography The workshop will cover: -Where to find and photograph birds. -How to approach and get close, field [...]
Flora and Fauna Artist Trading cards
August 2, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball trading cards, cards are produced in various media, including [...]
Beginner Photography @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Adrian Thysse Introduction to Photography with the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) For new and prospective owners of a DSLR, this workshop will [...]
Knee High Naturalists @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Program is designed for 3 – 7 year olds A program designed specifically for the Knee High Naturalists in your family! Enjoy an hour of [...]
Youth Plant Talk Theatre @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 7, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Abrah Arneson Ages: 8-12 Spend a magical afternoon discovering the secret life of plants, making a mask and giving the plant world a voice to [...]
Bug Jamboree @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 9, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for our Annual Bug Jamboree! Explore and learn all about the insects around us though the expertise of Alberta bug enthusiasts. Enjoy a [...]
Day Camp
August 11, 2014 all-day
Details to come
Medicinal Plant Walk @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 16, 2014 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ellis Bird Farm’s gardens are more than pleasing to the eye. Planted with butterflies, birds and bees in mind, the gardens are bursting with medicinal [...]
Macrophotography Workshop @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 19, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 [...]
Knee High Naturalists @ Ellis Bird Farm
August 20, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Program is designed for 3 – 7 year olds A program designed specifically for the Knee High Naturalists in your family! Enjoy an hour of [...]
Alberta Open Farm Days
August 23, 2014 @ 12:15 am – August 24, 2014 @ 1:15 am
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Tea House. Other special activities will be offered at the site throughout the weekend. Details to come. http://www.albertafarmdays.com
Closing Day
September 1, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

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

Tea House

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Delicious Home Cooking

Visit the Tea House for tea, lunch or an ice cream!

Webcams

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Watch LIVE

We have live webcams up and running in several lodges; take a peek!

Support Us

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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!

Bug Jamboree Song

01/28/2014

Longtime supporter of Ellis Bird Farm, John Acorn, has kicked off our Annual Bug Jamboree for many years now with bug and nature themed songs. We are thrilled that he.. read more

Ellis Bird Farm Purple Martin Recovered in Minnesota

11/20/2013

A Purple Martin was recovered late this summer in Minnesota that was banded at Ellis Bird Farm as a nestling.  This band recovery confirms the migration routes that have been.. read more

Purple Martin boxes ready for Spring!

10/24/2013

Debra McKinnon of the Purple Martin Conservancy came to EBF last week to help wash out all the Purple Martin compartments and seed the nests with barley straw. The houses.. read more