Hours of Operation for the rest of the season will be:
Tuesday through Sunday11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Mondays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Admission to EBF by drop-in visitors is by donation.
*Tour groups must book ahead.
2018 SCHOOL PROGRAMS - Sorry, we are now fully booked for the 2018 season
Notice about owls - Ellie and Albert
Despite showing interest at the nest site, it appears that Ellie and Albert will not be nesting this year. The owl population has been hard bit by a very tough winter and reports are coming in of very few owls actually nesting. Let's hope that next year will be more successful.
Thanks to Parkland Nursery & Landscape Services
thanks Alix Home Hardware!
busy teaching our new staff
Education Coordinator, Claudia Lipski (left) is busy teaching our new staff about the EBF operation (from right Murdoch McKinnon, Payden Johnson, Mateya Bluett). EBF Education Committee Chair, Maureen Carey (second from left) is joining in on some of the sessions.
Thanks to Wayne Froese of Top Peg
Wayne Froese of Top Peg Timber Framing poses with gardeners Sydney Wilson (left) and Cynthia Pohl beside the benches he is creating from the spruces trees along the laneway that blew down last year.
Thanks to a grant from Dow
Thanks to a grant from Dow, Ellis Bird Farm has embarked on a very important project documenting the history of both Ellis Bird Farm and the Prentiss site. Many early EBF board members, Prentiss site team leaders, and neighbours of Charlie and Winnie have been interviewed. Todayville of Red Deer has been retained to produce a series of short interview vignettes. The first of many interviews -- with EBF founding chair, Morris Flewwelling -- has now been posted. Stay tuned for future postings!
What's happening at EBF
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Earth Week event
As part of Earth Week this year, the employees and their families from Praxair Canada's Prentiss facility gathered for a fabulous participation event at the Ellis Bird Farm. Under the skilled tutelage of Sarah Ritchie, all the kids (and some adults too!) constructed bird feeders to take home along with Myrna Pearman's new book "Backyard Bird Feeding in Alberta"! Hot chocolate and pizza rounded out the event and everybody headed home to paint and install their bird feeders with big smiles and great memories.
thank you Joseph Fromhold
We would like to thank Joseph Fromhold, an authority on Indigenous history, for working with Wayne Froese and EBF to ensure that we design a culturally appropriate covering on our Circle Deck.
EBF Annual General Meeting
Ellis Bird Farm held their AGM on March 13th. The highlights of the meeting included two donation cheque presentations. EBF Treasurer, Barb Shepherd, accepted cheques from the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer (from left, Joe Yamniuk, Larry Pimm, Alec Robertson, Gerry Stelmaschuk) as well as the Twilight Homes Foundation ( Alec Robertson, Marvin Bruce, Vic Willoughby). We are very grateful to both organizations for their ongoing support of Ellis Bird Farm.
Ellis Bird Farm Board of Directors
Ellis Bird Farm is overseen by a volunteer board of up to ten directors. It is both a governance and working board, represented by an appointee from each of Lacombe County, Red Deer River Naturalists, Nature Alberta and MEGlobal Canada, as well as members-of-large.
The present board is made up of: Bob Winchell, Chairman and member-at-large; Darcy Gabert as secretary, representing MEGlobal; Barb Shepard as treasurer, representing Lacombe County (she has just been re-appointed to the board following the recent municipal election); Brian Biggs as vice-chairman, member-at-large; Joanne Susut, member-at-large; Gordon Johnson, member-at-large; Tony Blake, representing Nature Alberta; Colleen McPhee, member-at-large; and Leo de Groot, member-at-large. Recently retiring from the board was Bonnie Mullin, representing Red Deer River Naturalists. Bonnie is moving to British Columbia to be closer to family.
Several additional board members will be retiring at the next EBF AGM, which will be held in March, 2018. To this end, EBF is seeking additional members to serve on the board. Since the board relies on the expertise of board members to help oversee the operation, it is hoped that community members with some experience or expertise in the legal, agriculture, ecology, wildlife conservation, horticulture and financial fields will be interested in applying. A note of interest can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEAUTY EVERYWHERE: PHOTO ESSAYS BY MYRNA PEARMAN
Myrna Pearman's exciting book, Beauty Everywhere: Photo Essays by Myrna Pearman is a compilation of five years of her Red Deer Advocate monthly photo essays (2010-2015).
Purchase it here in our EBF bookstore.
It is also available through Myrna Pearman's official website here.
Also at the following retailers:
Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer
Hannas Seeds, Lacombe
Alix Home Hardware, Alix
Parkland Garden Centre, Red Deer
Peavey Mart stores
Wildbird General Store, Edmonton
Wild Bird Store, Calgary
Rimbey Review, Rimbey
Ponoka Bookstore, Ponoka
BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING: An Alberta Guide BY MYRNA PEARMAN
Ellis Bird Farm’s Backyard Bird Feeding: AN ALBERTA GUIDE is available in our new online bookstore here.
When purchasing from our online bookstore, Myrna will be happy to "sign" this 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
Our Horned Owls-Ellie & Albert here
Myrna Pearman Engagements -2018
July 27-Speaking at EBF at our fundraiser. Wine and cheese. Open to the public. All welcome!
Donations are welcome and gratefully accepted at Ellis Bird Farm, to ensure that we keep running.
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