Ellis Bird Farm is working to enhance the biodiversity of the habitat areas on the farm. We have engaged consultants to assist us in this process, which involves looking at the various management areas and examining various options. Board member Tony Blake is taking the lead on this initiative.
Since we cleaned up all the EBF gardens this fall, we thought we'd supplement the diet of our resident snowshoe hares with a few pellets. The deer scarfed all the outside offerings so we decided to place a little pellet pile inside the Grain Elevator (the hares love being in this old building) and use a trail cam to see which creatures availed themselves of the treats. So far, we've recorded the hares, flying squirrels, red squirrels and so many adorable little deer mice. Rather than eating the food, it appears that they just pack it all away. So industrious!
We have installed a new fence to accommodate our growing number of display boxes. Claudia Lipski took advantage of the warm(ish) recent weather to move some boxes from the Blue Feather Award fence over to their new home.
Our sewer line froze up last winter so we undertook remedial action this fall, installing clean-outs and insulating the pipes to avoid future problems. Our thanks to Chairman, Bob Winchell, for volunteering to help oversee this upgrade.
EBF board member, Tony Blake, has been busy this fall installing new fencing around the farm to protect habitat areas. He also installed the posts in the main yard so we can expand our bird box collection display. Thanks Tony!
We are pleased to have a fresh supply of Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide books printed. This book has now sold over 10,000 copies, netting Ellis Bird Farm over $85,000 in profit. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Education Legacy Fund, to support educational initiatives at Ellis Bird Farm.
Grant Loftus, owner of the company (Water By Design) that installed our new water garden, came to EBF last week to show us how to properly shut down the pump system for winter.
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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