Ellis Bird Farm biologist and site services manager Myrna Pearman, centre, tours the site with representatives from the Nature Conservancy Canada. From the left are Jaimie Forest, Carissa Wasyliw, Jaimee Morozoff and Katelyn Ceh. (Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff )

Ellis Bird Farm near Joffre set to open for season

Opening day is fast approaching for the 35th year of the Ellis Bird Farm near Joffre.

The facility opens on Monday at 11 a.m. with a presentation from both site manager and resident biologist Myrna Pearman. She will read from her book, Beauty Everywhere, and be available for signings afterwards starting at 2 p.m..

As well, Cat Perry will be on hand from 12 to 2 p.m. to talk with visitors about owls. A spotting scope has been set up so visitors can get a close-up view of the bird farm’s resident owls Ellie and Albert and their three owlets.

Matt Burton, of Your Private Chef, is returning to the Ellis Cafe for his second season. He has planned a Canadian-themed menu in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The bird farm will be open throughout the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays. A variety of programs for all ages will be offered over the summer.

For more information visit www.ellisbirdfarm.ca.

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