Bug Jamboree, an event that usually occurs in the sweltering heat, fell on a cool day with threatening stormy skies. However, this ever-popular celebration of entomology was once again well attended. John Acorn, the Nature Nut, performed to a packed Visitor Centre; Dr. Ken Frye, Dr. David Lawrie and Dr. Charley Bird were all on hand to offer their expertise and answer questions; the dipping pier was ably supervised by Cheryl Tebby and Alex Lapierre of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Rosemarie Ferjuc from the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. The Ellis Centre was our indoor site for bug-related crafts and several enthusiastic volunteers assisted kids creating a whole variety of creative projects. Finally, our annual Butterfly Count offered up several specimens of local butterflies and moths. We are grateful to our scientists, our volunteers, our staff and all our visitors for making the 2019 Bug Jamboree once again a resounding success, despite the gloomy weather!
This past week, Ellis Bird Farm hosted an Art and Nature Day Camp with guest artist Molly Siebenga. Molly and the youth spent the day creating Earth Art: mud sculptures decorated with natural materials found onsite. They also wove nature looms. The youth had a wonderful time trying their hand at sculpting and everyone was inspired by their creative efforts.
Morning with the Martins, held this past Sunday and Monday, was co-hosted by EBF's Myrna Pearman and Del McKinnon of the Purple Martin Conservancy in Ponoka. Del has an amazing knowledge of Purple Martins and he and his wife Debra have been instrumental in mentoring other martin keepers in Alberta and beyond. They have overseen the development of the huge EBF colony. Thanks to the McKinnons for sharing their Purple Martin wisdom and to all our visitors who joined us for two very special mornings to enjoy these beautiful birds.
Happy Chickens: our bantam chickens continue to entertain and delight visitors. And Mr Crow has been seen getting very friendly with the hens.
Ellis Bird Farm
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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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