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iWe were pleased with the response to the NatureLynx photography contest. Two of the winners, Anita and CIndy, came to EBF to claim their prizes on Closing Day. We look forward to an expanded program next season!
Closing Day was a success again this year, with a record number of people in attendance. The Golden Music Makers once again provided enjoyable old-time musical entertainment and Gift Shop sales were brisk. Chairman Bob Winchell welcomed visitors and did the door prize draws. Ron Asp drew for the two big-ticket raffle items. The winner of the beautiful Gordon Hiebert panorama print was Rochelle Havanka of Lacombe and the Freda Molenkamp-Oudman quilt was won by Catherine Simmons of Calgary.
We thank everyone for supporting EBF over the summer. We had good attendance, in spite of the weather, and the gardens looked very beautiful thanks to the hard work of our gardener, Linda Sommers, and her team.
At the end of the day, Marilyn Jones came to the site to retrieve her loaner goats. The goats were a big hit with visitors over the summer and we are grateful that Marilyn is happy to share them with us.
For two consecutive nights this week, our new weight-activated bird feeder was completely emptied. Who, we wondered, could possibly eat so much (expensive shelled sunflower) seed from this feeder? Since it used a weight-activated system, only the lightest of creatures could possibly rest on the perches.
We put up a trail camera in attempt to catch the culprits. And we did! All night long, a line-up of little deer mice came up an adjacent shrub, scurried along its branches and then easily climbed up onto the feeder. The protective mesh gave them perfect climbing ladders from which to access all the ports. When the feeder was finally emptied, it was easy for them to climb right inside the feeder and finish off the last of these tasty morsels.
As much as we enjoy supporting biodiversity at Ellis Bird Farm, our budget would not support feeding such expensive offerings to the mice! We have since moved the feeder away from the bushes.
Del Spenst shared this excellent image of a Cape May Warbler, photographed on August 24th in the EBF gardens.
Claudia Lipski, Shaye Hill and Lucas Wessner recently tackled the unpleasant job of cleaning out the Purple Martin houses. Purple Martin nests are infested with mites, fleas and blowflies, so precautions (gloves and dust masks) are taken. There are still two active martin nests, which is very late for the season. Once those nests have fledged, we will do the final nestling count. 2019 was not a great year for Purple Martins.
Lucas Wessner, our summer Research Coordinator, smiles as he documents yet another new sighting for the site this year - a Cape May Warbler. The warblers are moving through on their southward migration, with Yellow-rumped and Tennessee Warblers topping the list for numbers. Lucas has spearheaded our EBF Big Birding Year and has documented many new species for the area. We will be posting the full year's checklist soon.
Shaye Hill, who looked after our critters for the season, has released the salamander and two frogs that we had in captivity to show visitors. We will keep the garter snake till after closing, when we will release it back to where we found it.
Ellis Bird Farm was very grateful earlier this month to have Lacombe County Peace Officers, Kyle Friesen and Ray Kawai attend the site to do a "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design" site assessment. They inspected the site and gave us many good suggestions about how we can better secure both the site and buildings. They are shown here discussing site safety with Cafe Operator, Dustin Barthell.
Our thanks to Lacombe County for offering this very important and valuable service.
MEGlobal Prentiss Social Club enjoyed a fantastic day at the Ellis Bird Farm on August 17, 2019 . Families enjoyed an interactive owl session, pond dipping and the reptile display. It was a great time spent with families and co-workers. The Social Club had 31 people attend, including 12 children. The children had a great time building bird feeders and one of the children was so inspired by seeing a salamander at EBF that he spent the rest of the weekend hunting salamanders at home!
Ellis Bird Farm
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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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