MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD ABUNDANCE ANIMATION MAPS: Track Mountain Bluebird migration with these amazing eBird abundance animation maps!
We have received enough reports of Mountain Bluebirds to know that they have officially arrived! This year, the first report was unusually early, on February 28 at Lomond. This sighting was followed up by the following: Waterton on March 20; Clive on March 22; near Millarville on March 23; and at Brown-Lowrey Provincial Park on March 25. We appreciate all the folks who contacted us with their sightings!
Cory Olson of the Alberta Community Bat Program attended the EBF site last week to install some monitoring equipment. He positioned temperature and relative humidity sensors in both bat houses, installed an ambient temperature and humidity sensor near the Ellis Centre, and set up an ultrasound microphone system on the Grain Elevator that will detect when the first bats arrive back this spring!
We are grateful to Isabelle Garvey of Beaver Mines, AB for sharing this image of a Western Bluebird that showed up on her deck on March 9, 2020!
Yesterday morning, we feared that tragedy had befallen Ellie and Albert when a security guard checking the EBF site contacted us to report that he had found a dead owl just inside the main gate. It had apparently been struck by a vehicle. Worried that it was Albert, one of our chat moderators watched the webcams carefully all night to see if Ellie had been widowed. Thankfully, he appeared at 6:45 this morning with a mouse for Ellie! It is a mystery why there was another owl in the vicinity but we are relieved to know that all is well with our beloved owls. We would like to say a special thank you to Cat and Kathleen for watching the webcams and documenting the activities at this nest.
Ellis Bird Farm is pleased to welcome Dustin and Kimberly Bathel of Little Bit of Thyme back for their second year at the Café.
We have been giving our resident Snowshoe Hares some food this winter by cutting a few tree limbs for them to munch on. We captured this cute footage of two of them having a midnight snack.
We heard the female at the nest last night around midnight and then today there was this crater in the snow...
You can watch and listen live here...
We are very grateful to Lorrine Bouwsema, who has offered to decorate our three new Jim Boyd Purple Martin houses. The houses were moved to her studio last week, where she will work her magic over the coming weeks. We will have a special celebration to honour Jim Boyd and celebrate these new boxes on Opening Day.
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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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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