Fall work continues at EBF, as Claudia Lipski and helpers lower the martin houses so they can be winterized.
Charlie Ball is doing some fenceline clearing, so the beavers have their feeding station well stocked!
MYRNA'S LAST TOURS
Due to popular demand, Myrna Pearman offered additional tours during the last week of August and first week of September. Several hundred people joined her as she shared stories about Charlie and Winnie, explained the history of EBF, and outlined some of the exciting projects and research that have made EBF such a unique place and interesting organization.
A BUSY LAST DAY
Ellis Bird Farm closed for the season on Monday, September 7th. Despite the weather, over 125 visitors showed up to celebrate the end of the season and the end of Myrna's involvement with Ellis Bird Farm. Highlights of the day included the presentation of a picture collage to EBF by Howard Woodrow (the Woodrows rented the farm between 1995 and 2005), a special thank you to David Miller (commemorative pin and plaque), a book signing by Myrna Pearman, raffle ticket draws, goodbyes to our farm animals and a release of our snakes and frogs back into the wild. Thanks to Marilyn and Debbie, who loaned us the goats for the summer, and thanks to Kirstin for making sure the chickens all went to happy new homes
Ellis Bird Farm will close for the season on Monday-the last public day that Myrna Pearman will be the EBF Biologist and Site Services Manager
Dow Gazebo Opening
We were pleased to showcase the new Dow Gazebo, which was designed and built by Wayne Froese of Top Peg Timber Frame Construction, Benalto. The recycled plastic components were supplied by Dow and transformed into decking and railings by Jonathan Beekman of Full Circle Plastics of Lethbridge. The wooden components were milled by Wayne from the aged trees that Charlie Ellis planted along Prentiss road in 1956. The memory of Charlie and Winnie will live on for many years to come in this gazebo as well as in the other structures that Wayne has installed around the site.
We were grateful that Srikanta Hazra, the new Dow Site Leader, was on hand to do the ribbon cutting. Our thanks to Dow for their support of this gazebo through their community grant program.
Purple Martin Nests Collected
As part of a nation-wide study documenting Purple Martin nest parasites, EBF recently collected nesting material in three nests, shortly after the last martins of the season fledged. The nests were placed in paper bags, then zip lock bags, then frozen. They will be examined later this fall to determine parasite diversity. It was a nasty job, but Claudia Lipski jumped right in! All the other Purple Martin nests have now been cleaned out for the season. Shaye Hill gives a recap here
The Motus Tower Climb!
Myrna finally gets to climb Charlie's old windmill, which now holds the new Motus tower. Here are a few pictures from the top. See her video in stories here.
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
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