Our popular Knee High Nature programs continue! On Wednesday, July 17, Becca Dex led a program about snakes.
Our annual Bluebird Festival fell on a beautiful sunny Saturday and was once again a wonderful success. Jazz Explosion serenaded visitors in the sunshine; Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute was onsite demonstrating the new NatureLynx app; NatureKids promoted nature awareness; the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance educated about wetlands; and Strix Ecological demonstrated bird banding. Our staff and volunteers facilitated crafts and bird feeder building. Our Head Gardener, Linda Sommers, gave garden tours and Claudia LIpski led a bluebird trail tour.
We were pleased to give out the annual Blue Feather Award to Ray and Agnes Woods and to Wim and Marijke Jalink, two Calgary-area couples who have been operating Mountain Bluebird trails in southern Alberta for many years. They were joined by about 15 other past Blue Feather Award recipients for a special Blue Feather Award 20th anniversary reunion. These bluebird trail monitors are to be commended for their significant efforts to help bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds. See Blue Feather Award page here for details on the 2019 Blue Feather Awards.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered and who came out to help us celebrate.
Our first Knee High Nature program of the season was a great success! The topic was owls--a type of bird dear to our hearts at EBF, since we have our own resident pair of Great Horned Owls. The program was very well-attended and Claudia entertained and educated children and parents alike with her songs, facts and crafts. There are five more Wednesday sessions for the 2019 Knee High Nature series: please register and pay ahead of time online here.
On July 20th, Ellis Bird Farm will keep its gates open until 8:00 PM. In addition to all our usual nature-related exhibits and the beautiful evening view, we will also have several local fibre artists onsite demonstrating spinning and needle felting. Come watch Donna Rudd, master hand spinner, in action and learn more about the beautiful art created by fibres and textiles.
EBF board member, Leo de Groot, with assistance from Hank Broomfield of McBain Camera, led a very informative and well-attended photography workshop at the site on Saturday, July 6th. Participants left the workshop with lots of tips about how to best capture birds and other wildlife in motion.
The Ellis Bird Farm staff gathered together for pizza and wine at the end of June to celebrate the end of the springtime season and bid farewell to Hannah. We even managed to catch a break in the rain storms to assemble for a photograph.
Ellis Bird Farm celebrated Canada Day by acknowledging our Indigenous heritage. While the weather was stormy and changeable, over 100 people came out to listen to Elder Maggie and Joseph Fromhold share their stories and wisdom. We were honoured to be able to host this important conversation and hope to be able make it an annual Canada Day Ellis Bird Farm tradition. As well, the Lakeside Social Workers once again shared their cupcake-making expertise and families were able to participate in bird feeder building.
With the end of June upon us, we had to bid farewell to our springtime grounds assistant, Hannah Wagner. Hannah has been a huge help to our head gardener with her proficient skills on the tractor, mower and weed whipper. We will miss her smiling face!
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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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