Welcome to my website!
I am an enthusiastic naturalist, outdoors person 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 in life 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 blog, books and columns—will encourage others to do the same.
I write a monthly nature photo essay in the Red Deer Advocate (third Thursday of the month) as well as a column (Wild Neighbours) in The Gardener magazine. I also produce the newsletter for the Red Deer River Naturalists, have a Facebook page, and occasionally contribute photos to several Facebook groups (Birds of Alberta Photography Group, Canadian Bird Photographer, Alberta Birds).
It has been my great fortune to have been at the helm of Ellis Bird Farm for the past 30 years. Ellis Bird Farm is both
a non-profit company as well as a working farm, public garden and education centre, and I have been fortunate to oversee—with a very smart and dedicated team of board members, fellow contractors and summer staff—the growth of this wonderful place.
Brian Keating: Royal Canadian Geographical Society Honours Its Fellows
New Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Founding EBF Chair, Morris Flewwelling, and EBF Biologist, Myrna Pearman, were both recently accepted as Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Each year, the RCGS awards fellowships as well as medals to meritorious Canadians during a ceremony in Ottawa.
Fellow of the royal canadian GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
I am humbled and honoured to have been recently accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The ceremony was held in Ottawa earlier this week.
How inspiring it was to be in the company of so many exemplary Canadians who also received fellowships, received medals, and who spoke at the evening gala (Dr. Roberta Bondar, Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, Rt. Hon. David Johnson to name a few)! A big thank you to Carol Patterson for the nomination. Carol has been a wonderful personal mentor and Ellis Bird Farm supporter over the years.
The experience was extra special because it was shared with a great personal friend and another Ellis Bird Farm champion (and founding board chairman), Morris Flewwelling. What a treat it was to also be in the company of Dr. Dee (who was also inducted) and Brian Keating (we are pictured here with Anne Innis Dogg, the "Jane Goodall of Giraffes").
We live in troubled times, but there are so many talented and dedicated men and women across this great land who are working tirelessly on behalf of this beautiful country (and planet). My thanks to them!
Interview with Myrna Pearman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhUfSmu8TI8&feature=youtu.be
Public Engagements 2020
Thursday, March 5: 7:00 PM
Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society AGM (Guest Speaker)
Lacombe Memorial Centre
Friday and Saturday, March 13,14
North American Bluebird Society, Kearney Nebraska
Wednesday, March 18 7:00 PM
Central Alberta Historical Society
Saturday, March 21 10:00 AM
Three Hills County (details to be posted soon)
Saturday March 21 2:30 PM
Wild Bird Store, Calgary
Thursday March 26
Olds - Give our Bluebirds Wings
(details to be posted soon)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Myrna Pearman was honoured in July with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Bluebird Society (NABS). Ellis Bird Farm hosted the 38th NABS conference at the site last summer-2017.
If you know of any locations where pygmy owls are hanging out, I’d be grateful for a location tip (or any other tips about interesting local wildlife as well)!
Beauty Everywhere: Nature Photo Essays by Myrna Pearman
Myrna Pearman's latest book, Beauty Everywhere: Photo Essays by Myrna Pearman is a compilation of five years of her Red Deer Advocate monthly photo essays (2010-2015).
$19.95 & 6.50 shipping. Purchase at Ellis Bird Farm website here
Dec 27th, 2017: Brian Keating quoted Myrna's Beauty Everywhere book in his last CBC interview about the survival strategies of winter birds. Listen to the interview here.
Beauty Everywhere is also available at these outlets: