Ellis Bird Farm is looking for volunteers for our annual Bluebird Festival on Saturday, July 13th. We're seeking individuals willing to commit to two hours blocks during the hours of 1PM until 5PM, overseeing craft stations. We'll provide you with water and ice cream and an opportunity to hang out with the Purple Martins and the nature-loving public. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-885-4477 if you would be interested in helping us out.
Adrian from Water by Design and Myrna Pearman pose beside the newly-completed water garden. This upgraded feature will be enjoyed by visitors and frogs alike--there is already a Boreal Chorus Frog singing loudly from the water's edge. Come check out the upgraded pond!
Our gardener, Linda Sommers, poses with several flats of donated annuals from Home Depot. We are grateful for this generous support. We also applaud Home Depot for not using neonicotinoids on their garden plants.
This past week, Alisha Ritchie and Lucas Wessner set up an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system on a Mountain Bluebird box on site, enabling us to monitor the comings and goings of the birds for our research projects. Thanks to the Red Deer and District Community Foundation, we have funding support to carry on this research project for another year. This past week, Alisha Ritchie and Lucas Wessner set up an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system on a Mountain Bluebird box on site, enabling us to monitor the comings and goings of the birds for our research projects. Thanks to the Red Deer and District Community Foundation, we have funding support to carry on this research project for another year.
EBF HOSTED FOUR GRADE 9 STUDENTS TAKING PART IN THE ALBERTA SCIENCE NETWORK'S OPERATION MINERVA CONFERENCE
On Wednesday, May 22, Ellis Bird Farm hosted four Grade 9 students taking part in The Alberta Science Network's Operation Minerva Conference. This conference introduces girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Melissa Spruit, Glenda Shi, Brianna Kehler and Jessica Barclay spent the morning hearing of Ellis Bird Farm's history, goals and commitment to research on cavity nesting birds, particularly Purple Martins and Mountain Bluebirds. The job shadow experience culminated with a tour of the Mountain Bluebird Trail to view eggs, nestlings and the banding of an adult Mountain Bluebird.
Lucas Wessner is one of our summer students and our 2019 Research Coordinator. His passion for all things avian began at an early age and he's been coming to Ellis Bird Farm since he before he could see over the fence! We are so proud when children who visited EBF when they were young return as employees, as adults, and as parents bringing their own children to enjoy our site and learn about nature.
On Opening Day, we officially revealed our newly-installed viewing tower, which offers a beautiful 360 degree view of the EBF site. The tower's designer and builder, Barry Simpson of Wel-Can Welding, along with his wife Cheryl and family, dedicated and opened the tower. The tower was built to honour the memory of the family's late granddaughter, Jessica Emily Schamehorn and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to stand up amongst the swooping Purple Martins.
Opening Day 2019 is a wrap! We had a wonderful day celebrating Fred Schutz, launching Myrna's new book Charlie, Winnie and the Bluebirds, opening our new viewing tower and peeking at the owlets up in their nest. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us!
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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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Hours of Operation
Monday, May 18 - Monday Sept 7
Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Mondays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please note that Ellis Bird Farm is closed on most Mondays