As December winds onward, the hoarfrost at EBF is beautiful right now, delicately outlining the trees and bushes and making the whole place feel perfectly festive. As well, Myrna spotted a pair of Downy Woodpeckers checking out the snags up by the new Visitor Centre.
When Myrna visited the Vermilion Mainstreet Hardware for a book signing on Saturday December 12, she was joined by Charlotte Wasylik, creator of the Alberta Birds Facebook group and Alberta's most celebrated young birder. It was because of Charlotte's post to her Facebook page regarding a request for bird photos for Backyard Bird Feeding: An Alberta Guide that we received so many photo submissions!
Shown here with Charlotte and Myrna is Ebony Jensen, Manager of the Vermilion Mainstreet Hardware. Ebony is a strong supporter of the local Vermilion birding and 4-H groups. The book signing was very successful!
Myrna will be doing book signings in November and December. We invite you to meet Myrna and bring some birding questions and stories!
UPDATE: More signing events added! Visit Myrna in Vermilion or or at one of the two last pre-Christmas events in Red Deer!
Have you seen Sylvan Lake lately?
Brian Keating, a naturalist columnist for CBC Radio One, will be reviewing Backyard Bird Feeding on the CBC Radio Active in Edmonton today around 5:40 PM and Friday afternoon on the Homestretch on CBC Calgary. There will be book giveaways involved. Hurray for CBC!
Edited to add: Here is the link to the glowing review on CBC Radio Active from this evening. If it doesn't convince you the book is worth purchasing, I don't know what will!
The book tour has taken Myrna all across the province and she's not done yet! She's visited Peavey Mart stores across the province, going as far south as High River, and will be going north all the way to Vermilion for signings at the Peavey Mart and Public Library on Saturday, December 12. She's also hoping to squeeze in one more signing event at Kerry Wood Nature Centre before Christmas. Details to come!
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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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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