Ellis Bird Farm Blog
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.
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
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.