Myrna Pearman Official Website
Welcome to my website!
I am a biologist, enthusiastic nature writer and photographer. I am lucky to live on the south shore of beautiful Sylvan Lake, Alberta, where I enjoy both the view of the lake as well as the many trails that crisscross our woods.
My greatest joy is to get out in nature with my camera, to experience and capture the awesome beauty of this planet and her creatures. I hope that my small contributions—this website, my social media posts, books and columns—will encourage others to do the same.
I write a monthly nature photo essay in the Red Deer Advocate and write nature columns for The Gardener magazine and Nature Alberta. I also edit Red Deer River Naturalists newsletter, share my photos on Instagram and Facebook, and occasionally contribute photos to other Facebook groups (Birds of Alberta Photography Group, Canadian Bird Photographer, Alberta Birds).
Announcing Beauty Everywhere: Volume II
Beauty Everywhere: Volume II
This book is a sequel to Beauty Everywhere, published in 2016
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As many of you know, I take photographs and write about nature with the goal of inspiring readers to learn, appreciate and protect our natural world. My nature photo essays have been published in the Red Deer Advocate as well as several magazines since 2010. In 2016, I compiled these photo essays into a book entitled Beauty Everywhere: Nature Photo Essays by Myrna Pearman.
Beauty Everywhere: Volume II is the sequel. Like the original book, it is filled with beautiful images complemented by short articles that inform, inspire and entertain. It will be published in the spring of 2024.
While I have traveled to many corners of the globe, most of my images and stories celebrate the stunning nature found in our own backyards and neighbourhoods. Hence, I am confident that this book will encourage people to be more appreciative of the Extra ORDINARY NatureTM that is found all around us.
Thank you for helping me help wildlife and nature!
This book is being self-published, so there are two ways that you can support this project:
No talks at this time
One of the highlights near the end of my career at EBF was to oversee the installation of Alberta’s first MOTUS station in 2020.
MOTUS is an international collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to track migrating animals. Special nanotags are affixed to the animals and receiving stations, placed across the landscape, detect them as they pass by. Under ideal conditions, birds bearing nanotags can be detected within a 15-km radius of the station!
The system, which was not as streamlined in 2019/2020 as it is now, was designed and installed by a local naturalist and technology enthusiast.
The EBF system was taken down shortly after my departure. Almost three years later, I was approached by another keen engineer, Mark Cundict of Red Deer, who offered to install a station on our Sylvan Lake property. The system went live in May and we have waited expectantly since then for a “hit.”
Finally, success! On October 4th, two Northern Saw-whet Owls – who’d each received their tags (“deployed”) at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory east of Edmonton – passed through. One had been deployed on September 22; the other on September 28.
Interestingly, they both passed through on the same evening. One flew by without stopping at around 8:55 PM while the other one arrived just before midnight and hung around the area for about 10 minutes.
Check out the MOTUS website to find out more about this remarkable technology, which is shedding light on the miracle of bird migration (https://motus.org/).
Mark will be giving a short presentation about MOTUS and this project at the October 26th meeting of the Red Deer River Naturalists. The meeting will be held at Kerry Wood Nature Centre and will start at 7:00 PM.
We occasionally see Northern Saw-whet Owls resting in our trees during fall migration. This image shown here was taken in our yard a few years ago. A flock of scolding chickadees alerted us to its presence. It opened its eyes for a picture and then fell back asleep.
Bird Feeding Tips and Videos
Enjoy and learn from Myrna's tips on feeding birds. here
Check out "Ask Myrna" series on Chin Ridge website here
For the past three years, I've been actively involved with an exciting Red Deer River Naturalist initiative called Nature Central (www.naturecentral.org). The goal of the program is to document, inventory and encourage the respectful enjoyment of the more than 170 natural/protected areas within a one-hour drive of Red Deer. Over the past two summers, we visited and mapped these sites, and have hosted educational programs and events.
Myrna at a butterfly count. A fun vintage-style movie by John Acorn
Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society-Nov 21, 2019
I am honoured to have been named a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Travel Ambassador. I'll be helping promote Canadian Geographic Adventures and Designated Travel Collections that feature Canadian travel operators who offer multi-day experiences, hire local guides and offer unique products. My first adventure will be with Eagle-Eye Tours #CanGeoAdventures #MyCanGeoAdventures More here
New book launched - Jan 19, 2022
I am pleased to announce that Get to Know Bluebirds: A Guide for Young Nature Lovers is finally finished! It was my great honour to write this book, which is aimed at a younger audience, for the North American Bluebird Society (NABS). I had a great deal of assistance from members of the NABS Education Committee as well as other bluebird experts from both Canada and the US. I am also grateful to the many photographers who generously donated the use of their images. It was also great to work with Judy Fushety of Broken Arrow Solutions on our fifth book project together!
The book will be kept as a downloadable PDF for the time being. The goal is to get it printed within the next year.
Resident Naturalist for Mother Nature's Seeds
I am pleased to have been invited to become a part of the Chin Ridge Seeds team! This family-owned company, based out of Taber, Alberta, provides a full line of excellent wild bird seed and bird seed mixes. I have been using and promoting their products for many years.
I look forward to contributing blogs, videos, radio interviews, newsletter and social media content, "how-to" backyard birding tips and hosting Facebook Live events.
Chin Ridge Website here
Check out "Ask Myrna" series on chin Ridge website here
Here is a link to one of my videos.
Myrna published in Canadian Geographic