Linking Wildlife, Agriculture & Industry
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. 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 Ellis Café. Enjoy a country drive in Central Alberta.
*There is no entrance fee to visit Ellis Bird Farm. Admission is by donation.
Ellis Bird farm is now closed for the year, opening again on May 21st, 2018
Ellis Bird Farm's closing day for 2017
Ellis Bird Farm enjoyed a wonderful closing day, with a record number of people coming out to help celebrate a very successful season. The day started off with Alisha Ritchie delivering a well-received presentation about her thesis research, conducted on Purple Martins at EBF. The Golden Music Makers entertained again (for the 16th year!) to an enthusiastic audience. Then at 3 PM, Barb Shepherd (assisted by Brian Biggs and Claudia Lipski) did the raffle draw. Barb kindly made a beautiful bluebird quilt, which was the subject of much admiration over the summer. Other raffle items were a bird feeder donated by the Botha Hutterian Brethren and a collector bird plate donated by Lorraine Neal. We were glad that Nettie and Joe Young paid us a visit - Joe rebuilt Charlie's old Farmall tractor many years ago. The tractor is on display at the site and much enjoyed by visitors. At the end of the day, Claudia Lipski and a crowd of youngsters released our garter snake back into the wild and Mariilyn Jones came to retrieve her goats. These goats, which Marilyn loans us each summer, are well loved by our young visitors. We appreciate board members Barb Shepherd, Brian Biggs, Gordon Johnon and Leo de Groot for supporting us on closing day. See you next year!
Article in the Red Deer Advocate column here.
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Thanks to EBF STAFF
EBF staff spent Friday morning doing a clean out of the Purple Martin nests. A special thank you to Debra McKinnon for volunteering to help us with this messy but necessary task. After entering the data, we have confirmed that the site hosted 100 pairs of martins this year, the same number as last year. The birds started departing for their wintering grounds in Brazil during the second week of August. By August 19, all had left and the site was eerily quiet.
thanks to Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Our thanks to Kerry Wood Nature Centre for sharing some of the bird seed that was donated to them from Peavey Mart! We will use this seed in our feeders over the winter.
Writers gift of appreciation to EBF
Dear Myrna, Claudia, Shaylyn and Everyone,
As Writers, it is our pleasure to present our gift of appreciation to you for the wonderful day we had last Saturday at Ellis Bird Farm.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Jane and Writers of the August 8th Writing Retreat.
Thanks to Diane Cote
Diane Cote of Red Deer generously donated a hand-painted feeder and thermometer holder to Ellis Bird Farm. These art items were built and decorated by Diane's sister, Denise Côté and her business partner Johanne Gagnon from Ste- Luce - sur – Mer, Quebec. More of their work can be found at email@example.com
thanks to Home Depot
Our thanks to Ann Currie and team at Home Depot who generously donated a pallet of sunflower seeds to Ellis Bird Farm! Our sincere thanks. Also a big thanks to Ron Biel for picking up and delivering the seeds back to the farm.
Writer's Retreat with Dr. Jane Ross
We were very pleased to host Dr. Jane Ross of the Battle River Writing Centre for a Writer's Retreat at EBF yesterday. The theme of the retreat was "Inspirations." At the workshop, local writers had the opportunity to hear about the inspiring history of Ellis Bird Farm and listen to a young Rotarian, Ashley White, tell about her year abroad. After an activity focusing on writing in and about Nature, participants were invited to find their own place on the EBF grounds to write. They then reconvened and shared their stories. The day ended with a delicious potluck dinner. We would like to thank Jane and Jack Ross - who have retired back to Camrose after spending their careers working for international companies abroad - for providing such leadership and inspiration to local writers!
PURPLE MARTINS AT THE PURPLE MARTIN CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS IN ERIE, PA
Our 2017 live nestcam season has come to an end. Thank you to all of you for helping to make it a success. It proved to be a tremendous outreach tool with millions of views over the past weeks.
We have put together the following time lapse video to memorialize the season as well as be a teaching tool. Please help us continue the outreach by sharing the video via your social media avenues.
Purple Martin Nest Timelapse
Watch as a nest of Purple Martins at the Purple Martin Conservation Association headquarters in Erie, PA progresses from eggs to fledglings.
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
Our Horned Owls-Ellie & Albert here
Myrna Pearman Engagements - 2017
Red Deer Garden Club
Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Red Deer Garden Club
Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Ellis Bird Farm T-shirts! here
- Household brooms
- Yarn and plastic lacing cord
- Umbrellas to loan out to visitors on rainy days
- Wooden or nature-based plastic beads for our school and day camp programs
- Old fashioned one-speed bike (to keep the farmstead theme of EBF). This would be used for staff to open and close the gate and other errands around the site.
- Leaf blowers
- Bistro sets (small table, two chairs)
- Shoelaces (new or lightly used)
- World globes
- Craft supplies, tempera and acrylic paints for crafts
- Golf cart
Donations are welcome and gratefully accepted at Ellis Bird Farm, to ensure that we keep running.
Ellis Bird Farm
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