Ellis Bird Farm is celebrating Canada Day in a big and feathered way for our sesquicentennial year. We will be highlighting the effort to officially re-name the Gray Jay the "Canada Jay" and make it Canada's national bird. Towards that effort, we will have a petition available for you to sign. We will have Gray Jay photos and video footage from our webcam this spring, as well as a nest on display.
There will also be crafts and face painting from 1:00PM until 3:00 PM and a rousing rendition of Oh Canada sung at 1:00 PM, along with an acknowledgement of the Indigenous presence in Alberta and the signing of Treaty Six. Myrna Pearman will be giving an update on her Beauty Everywhere project at 2:00. Finally, we will demo one of our beautiful and well-occupied Purple Martin apartment-style nestboxes at 12:00 noon and 4:00 PM.
There is something going on for every member of your family! As always, we will be open 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
11:00 AM Opening
12:00 Noon: Purple Martin house demo
1:00-3:00PM: Crafts and face painting
1:00 PM Oh Canada and Treaty 6 Acknowledgement
2:00 Myrna's Beauty Everywhere project presentation
4:00 PM Second Purple Martin house demo
5:00 PM Closing
Ellis Bird Farm is holding a BioBlitz event this coming Father's Day--a neat way to spend some time with Dad!
What is a BioBlitz? It's an intense team effort to find as many animal species in one location as possible. Ellis Bird Farm is hosting our own effort to observe different bird and other animal species on Sunday, June 18 from 1-3PM. We will have scientists on hand to help us identify the species around us, including Susanne Maidment demonstrating hummingbird banding, Tim Schowalter with an owl pellet display and Joey Temple identifying bugs at the Wetland Centre. Come discover the diversity of creatures onsite at Ellis Bird Farm and help us count the species in your own Bioblitz Booklet. There will also be an owl craft to do. Bring Dad and the whole family!
Our thanks to Judy Boyd for leading a very interesting Beginning Birder workshop at EBF on June 3! We appreciate Judy sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with us! And how heartening to have the workshop filled with young folks!
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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.