Thank you Wim and Marijke Jalink of Calgary for honouring EBF history by keeping these T shirts, the first we produced, in the early 1990s.. Win kindly donated his T shirt back to EBF.
The Ellis Bird Farm board of directors spent a day undergoing a strategic planning workshop on October 17. The workshop, led by Shari Hanson with Alberta Culture and Tourism was a good opportunity for the board to refine its vision and mission, and to commence the process of succession planning.
The last week of October was a busy one for Myrna, as she delivered 6 presentations in 5 days. One of her most well-received talks--Fascinating Backyard Birds: A glimpse into the habits and behaviours of our wild neighbours--was delivered at a well-attended public talk in Alix on October 18th. The presentation was hosted by Curt and Donna Peterson and Doug McDermand (Centre), Alix Home Hardware. Other talks were given at an EBF strategic planning meeting and to the Red Deer Garden Club, Parkland Garden Centre, the Wild Bird Store (Calgary) and the Calgary Area Nestbox Monitors group.
The EBF board of directors thanked Bonnie Mullin at the October meeting for her years of service as the Red Deer River Naturalists rep on the EBF board. Bonnie is moving to British Columbia to be closer to family. thank you Bonnie!
Dr. Dorothy Hill, right, and EBF's bluebird trail monitor, Claudia Lipski, discuss a new bluebird trail app at the recent Calgary and Area Bluebird Trail Monitors Group meeting. The app, developed by Dr Hill and her team at Mt Royal University, was field tested last summer around Calgary and on the EBF bluebird trail.
Each year, the employees of Dow Chemical Canada and MEGlobal take to the ditches to keep their neighborhood clean and free of garbage. In the image above, was taken on Thursday, October 5, while Jean-Yves Vanier, Dow Site Leader and Rozanna Steenbergen, Dow Site Administrator were doing their part to show appreciation for the community they are fortunate to work in. Highway cleanup is an annual event, where Dow Chemical and MEGlobal employees volunteer their time to maintain the litter collecting on Prentiss Road from highway 597 and Lakeside Sargent to pick up trash such as drink cans and bottles, twine and junk food containers. Safety is most important on site, which is why all employees are required to wear high-visibility vests, gloves and carry portable radios. Roadway signage cautioning motorists is displayed throughout the duration of the clean-up.
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
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