No matter what the temperature, deer and moose play outside, and so do Nature Kids! At 10:30 AM on January 27, with the temperature a chilly -18 C, hardy families came out to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer to meet Zoe from Nature Kids/Nature Alberta, go on a nature walk with Tanya from the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and to learn and sing about deer and moose with Claudia from Ellis Bird Farm. Yes, there are songs about deer and moose! We were able to see tracks and scat in the fresh snow and we studied what and where the animals had eaten. Children could examine scat, fur, browse and rub sticks while learning about deer and moose bodies and behaviour. The various sizes of antlers provided photo opportunities. Attending a Nature Kids event is an opportunity to learn and appreciate the nature we have close to home and everyone, young and old, is invited to these events. - photos by Jessica Kowalchuk
We are happy to have Matt Burton of Your Private Chef return to run the Ellis Café for the 2018 season.
We would like to thank Sonya Dreger for volunteering to do the Christmas Bird Count at Ellis Bird Farm on December 17. The most interesting sightings of the day were two Boreal Chickadees and two Dark-eyed Juncos. The two American Robins that had been hanging around the site in December were not seen on Count Day.
Ellis Bird Farm
When purchasing from our online bookstore, Myrna will be happy to "sign" any of her books for you.
All proceeds from the sales of these books support the education, conservation, and research programs of Ellis Bird Farm.
· 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
We celebrate the contributions cats and birds make to our lives, our environment, and our communities, and invite Canadians to consider what they can do to make Canada a safer place for both cats and birds. Here.