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.
Thanks to a very generous grant from Dow Canada, Ellis Bird Farm has been undertaking an oral history project. This project entails collecting oral interviews with neighours and friends of Charlie and Winnie Ellis, as well as founding Ellis Bird Farm board members and team leaders from the Prentiss site. We have conducted close to 20 interviews already, thanks to the expertise of Duane Rolheiser of Todayville as well as Phil French and Leo de Groot.
Thanks to Dean Chessor (shown here), Grant Oatway and Ron Wright and for taking the time to share their memories of Charlie and Winnie. We also thank JY Vaneir (top right) and David Miller (bottom right), Site Leaders from Dow and MEGlobal respectively, for taking time out of their busy schedules to be interviewed. We are very grateful for this grant and are pleased to have much of the Ellis Bird Farm/Prentiss Site history now documented!
Myrna will be having a book signing tomorrow for her Backyard Bird Feeding and Beauty Everywhere books. It will take place 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Hannas Seeds in Lacombe. Everyone welcome!
Standing from left: Gordon Johnson, Brian Biggs. Leo de Groot, Tony Blake, Colleen McPhee, Darcy Gabert, Bob Winchell
Sitting from left: Joanne Susut, Bonnie Mullin, Barb Shepherd
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Ellis Bird Farm