As we enter the cool and slowly progressing spring season, all eyes at Ellis Bird Farm have been on Ellie and Albert, our resident Great Horned Owls, and on their nest. Last year, the owls had settled on the nest by January 29th. This year, however, we had given up all hope until April 10, when they both appeared at the nest and engaged in courtship activity. There are a few factors that may be causing a delay in Great Horned Owls nesting this year: last fall saw very cold temperatures and then rain before the snow fell. These conditions likely caused a huge mouse/vole die off. The snow pack also presents challenges: the rodents are very hard to access because the snow is thick with several crust layers. A very cold and snowy spring is also causing them to postpone nesting. We have three web cameras on the nest, so they can be watched 24-7. Check out their past pictures and stories here.
Ellis Bird Farm Blog
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.