Welcome to Ellis Bird Farm
Hours of Operation
Ellis Bird Farm is open for the 2016 season .
Tuesday through Sunday11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Mondays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please note that Ellis Bird Farm is closed on Mondays
*Admission to EBF by drop-in visitors is by donation.
*Tour groups must book ahead.
Book reservations at our new Ellis Café- Phone: 403-352-5317 - More info here.
Be sure to check out our calendar of events - we have a busy summer schedule!
Ellis Bird Farm Event Calendar for 2016
Register for our 2016 Programs!
Register and Pay - 2016 Programs
Bio Blitz a great success!
EBF had a very successful BIo Blitz on Saturday July 23. Our thanks to Susanne Maidment, Larry Roy, Tim Showalter, Judy Boyd (and Otis from Medicine River Wildlife Centre) and Janessa Matthew (Red Deer River Watershed Alliance) for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our visitors!
Central Alberta Photographic Society visits EBF
The Central Alberta Photographic Society from Red Deer visited the Ellis Bird Farm on Wednesday evening, July 20 as 18 club members took in the greenery and its feathered denizens. Myrna was very kind to open the Farm especially for them in the evening. The event started off with “golden hour” sunshine, so beloved by photographers, which continued to beam down on the group for the full 10 minutes during which a rain storm hit that saw the members all scamper for cover in the site's buildings! But after the storm passed a beautiful full rainbow filled the sky to the east and the fresh air and water droplets on the flowers all contributed to some great photography. The 100 families of nesting purple martins chirped away constantly as they fed their soon to fledge young, and many other bird species put in appearances for the shooters. A special but short-lived treat was the appearance of a long-tailed weasel. Perennial stars of the visit to the site were again the goats who proved very friendly to the photographers as usual. The evening was truly beautiful after the rain and some members of the club lingered on until well after 9:00, photographing 4 young barn swallows being fed by their parents right above the main entrance. Very much appreciated was the provision of coffee, lemonade and cookies by EF to keep up the club members’ strength while they pressed those shutter buttons over and over.
This was a repeat visit as the club also had an outing to EBF the year before, and judging from the interest at this current outing, they may well ask to come again next year.
-Leo de Groot
Ellie and Albert successfully nested again this year!
All about them here
"Wishing our Ellis Owl Family long life and high flying until we meet again. Thanks for all the precious memories and outright joy you brought us Haley, April and Gus, especially our lil Gus"
- Chat gal WendyWoot-1
Note: July 27 - Knee High is fully booked.
BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING: An Alberta Guide
Ellis Bird Farm’s newest publication is available in our new online bookstore here.
When purchasing from our online bookstore, Myrna will be happy to "sign" this new book for you.
The proceeds from the sale of this book support the conservation, education and research programs of Ellis Bird Farm.
Media/ Press Kit for this book
Stores where you can purchase this book:
Right here on our website ( You can request a signed copy)
Ellis Bird Farm Visitor Centre - Gift Shop
Kerry Wood Nature Centre - Red Deer
Chapters - Red Deer
Co-op, Red Deer Home Centre - Riverside Drive
The Wildbird General Store - Edmonton
Westview Co-op - Eagle Hill Grocery & Farm Store
Rona - Sylvan Lake
Nowco Home Hardware - Lacombe
Hannas Seeds - Lacombe
Second Glance Books - Lacombe
Central Alberta Coop Flower Shop - Lacombe
Meats and Sausage - Bashaw
Alix Home Hardware - Alix
South Side Greenhouse - Barrhead
Ponoka Bookstore - Ponoka
Peavey Marts - All stores in Alberta
The Wild Bird Store - Calgary
Spruce It Up Garden Centre - Calgary
Owl's Nest Books- Calgary- Britannia Shopping Plaza
Country Living & Garden Centre - Okotoks
Parkland Garden Centre - Red Deer
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