On May 14, 2019, a fire started in a small patch of grass north of the Ellis Bird Farm site. Staff worked to limit the blaze until fire crews arrived, whereupon the fire was quickly contained. The fire caused some minor damage to a few trees but did not reach any buildings. Thanks to the fire department from the Prentiss site as well as fire crews from Lacombe County and the City of Lacombe for their quick response and assistance.
Our year-round staff have been working alongside our new summer students to prepare the Ellis Bird Farm gardens and buildings for visitors. Our summer students have also been learning the ropes of presenting our school programs, just in time for the first buses of school children to arrive next week!
Recently, a lot of work has been occurring on the reconstruction of our demonstration water garden. Grant and Adrian from Water By Design have been hard at work completing the effort. The water garden will officially be re-opened during our Bluebird on July 13th, at 12:00 PM.
In celebration of Arbour Day, we invited people to come and dig up their very own "Charlie Tree" and take home a white spruce seedling to plant. Several hardy tree-lovers braved the snow and chose their tree. We are excited to see Charlie Ellis' tree planting legacy spread across Central Alberta. Thank you to those individuals who gave a donation and picked out their trees!
The new Fred Schutz library is taking shape and filling up. Recently, Allan Barker, nephew of Fred Schutz, delivered boxes of Fred's books. The Fred Schutz Library will officially open on Monday, May 20th, with a special ceremony occurring at 4:00 PM. Stop by the Ellis Centre and take a look at our updated collection.
Myrna Pearman and Claudia Lipski have been working hard creating a display celebrating 2019 as "The Year of the Grouse." For more information, visit https://www.battleriverarts.ca
Ellis Bird Farm
Video Stories here
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.
EBF Wish List
Ellis Bird Farm
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