Ellis Bird Farm Blog
The family of the late Jessica Schamehorn recently installed a commemorative plaque on the viewing tower at EBF. Barry and Cheryl Simpson (Wel-Can Welding), her grandparents, donated the tower in her honour. It was installed last year and is greatly enjoyed by visitors.
Her mother, Kari Unsworth, shared this story about an experience they had in relation to this sign.
In 2019, my dad Barry Simpson built an observation deck for Ellis Bird Farm and dedicated it in my daughter Jessica Schamehorn’s name. I had a vision for a sign to hang on it and through Facebook I found Tammy Ryrie.
Mom (Cheryl Simpson), dad and I drove out to meet with Tammy and see what she had to offer. We spent a couple of hours with Tammy discussing what I wanted.
Mom and Dad had originally designed a much simpler sign so it came up in the discussion. Dad said “we were going to put a butterfly and a hummingbird on the top to fill in space”. Within seconds of him saying “hummingbird” we suddenly heard an insanely loud buzzing sound coming from the hall where we came in. Tammy jumped up to see what it was. It was a hummingbird that had flown into her house. The hummingbird was trying to fly out a closed window in the hallway. Tammy was so surprised and she said that she had never even seen a hummingbird in her yard in all the years of living there. Tammy grabbed a flower pot from her deck and tried to entice the hummingbird to land on it. That didn’t work. Dad took his baseball cap off and covered the bird hoping to catch it but that didn’t work either. I walked up and held my finger under the hummingbird and it jumped onto my fingers and was still. Honestly, I was so shocked, I didn’t move. The hummingbird jumped off my finger and started trying to fly out the window again. Mom asked me why I didn’t take it outside and I said I didn’t know. I reached up and put my finger under the hummingbird and it jumped onto my finger again and stood still. This time I walked down the hallway and outside and the hummingbird flew away.
We were all so surprised no one said anything for a minute. Then Tammy said “oh my God, that was totally a visitation from Jessica. She’s letting you know she’s here with you”!
It was such an amazing experience, it gives me chills every time I think about it. Dad is quite sure that it was a female Ruby throated hummingbird.
The sign Tammy created is everything I wanted it to be and it has a Ruby throated hummingbird on it because of our beautiful experience.
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· 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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