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Video profile of Central Alberta’s beloved naturalist Myrna Pearman


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It’s our great pleasure at to work with some of the most extraordinary people in this area.  One of the wonderful people we are honoured to know is the Site Leader and Biologist in charge of the Central Alberta treasure, the Ellis Bird Farm.   Myrna Pearman has dedicated her life to Central Alberta’s natural habitat and this month she was rightfully named Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Please enjoy the video profile we produced with Myrna below.  In the meantime, we’ll direct you to Myrna’s own words from her website introducing herself, and talking about the incredible honour bestowed on her by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.


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.

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!


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Wild blank Canucks 3-0 to take early series lead, Stalock earns shutout

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EDMONTON — Jared Spurgeon scored twice for the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks to start their qualifying series Sunday.

The Wild produced a pair of power-play goals and shut the door on Canucks shooters.

Spurgeon produced one of them, plus an empty-netter, and Kevin Fiala also scored for the Wild.

Minnesota starter Alex Stalock’s first career playoff win was a 28-save shutout. Eric Staal assisted on a pair of Wild goals.

Minnesota outshot Vancouver 30-27, didn’t give up the middle lane to the Canucks and allowed Vancouver few clean entries over the Wild’s blue-line.

The Canucks mustered just four shots on goal in the third period and none on a late power play.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday.

In the first playoff start of his nine-year career, Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom’s stopped 28 shots in the loss.

Matt Dumba raised his fist on the Wild’s bench during both the Canadian and American national anthems Sunday.

The Regina defenceman, who is half-Filipino, explained earlier in the day he intends to do that for the rest of the NHL’s restart from the COVID-19 pandemic in homage to former Wild forward J.T. Brown.

Brown did the same during the “Star Spangled Banner” in 2017 as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning to protest police brutality and racism.

With the NHL’s blessing, Dumba made a speech at Rogers Place centre ice stressing the need for social and racial justice prior to Saturday’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild haven’t won a playoff series since 2015, which was also the last year the Canucks saw the post-season.

Vancouver (36-27-6) was the seventh seed in the Western Conference, while Minnesota (35-27-7) was 10th.

Minnesota led halfway through the second period when Staal fed Spurgeon a cross-ice pass from the boards.

The defenceman from Edmonton whipped a low shot under both the left leg of a diving Alex Edler and Markstrom’s left pad.  

Three seconds into an Edler tripping penalty, Fiala scored from the high slot at 2:50 of the first period.

Markstrom got a piece of Fiala’s snapshot, but not enough as the puck trickled behind him.

Parise’s assist on Fiala’s goal gave him the all-time franchise playoff record of 18. The 36-year-old Minnesotan also holds Wild playoff records in goals (14) and points (32).

Vancouver squandered a chance to go on the power play late in the first period.

Markstrom was summoned to the bench on a pending holding penalty to Parise, but a sixth Canuck prematurely jumped in the ice to negate the man advantage.

Minnesota’s power play went 2-for-4.

Vancouver’s Micheal Ferland and Minnesota’s Foligno fought less than two minutes after the opening faceoff.

Unlike Scotiabank Arena in Toronto’s Eastern Conference hub tournament, fake crowd noise isn’t pumped into Edmonton’s empty Rogers Place.

Expletives, exhortations to teammates and appeals to officials were clearly audible. One official responded “He knocked you down, you knocked him down.”

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 2, 2020.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba raises fist for Canadian, American anthems

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EDMONTON — Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba raised his right fist for “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” prior to his team’s first game of the NHL’s restart against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday at Rogers Place.

Dumba’s action came a day after he made a speech at centre ice stressing the need for social and racial justice and then kneeled for the American anthem prior to Edmonton’s first game of the restart between the hometown Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. Both those teams stood in a circle at centre ice for the speech and anthems.

The Regina native said earlier Sunday he made the decision to raise his fist during the anthems for the rest of the restart after talking to former Wild forward J.T. Brown, who also raised his fist for the “Star Spangled Banner” in 2017 as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning to protest police brutality and racism.

Dumba said raising a fist is a stronger sign than kneeling if he’s on the bench, as he may not be able to be seen by cameras in the latter scenario.

After the American anthem was played Saturday, Dumba stood for ‘O Canada’, a decision he says he regretted a day later.

Dumba says his home country also has systemic racism.

“I think my biggest regret is not doing it for the Canadian national anthem as well because there needs to be a lot of light that has to be shed on what it happening in Canada and the oppression First Nations people have felt here for hundreds of years,” Dumba said in a video conference with reporters earlier Sunday.

“I have First Nations and Aboriginal families that have lived it and I was disappointed looking back on it.”

Dumba, who is half Filipino, plays in a state where George Floyd, a Black man, was killed earlier this year after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

“I kind of froze up and I know why I knelt and it wasn’t a sign of disrespect by any means. It was to shed light on the people who’ve lived through injustice and oppression, especially in my home state of Minnesota,” Dumba said.

Dumba said he got the go-ahead from the NHL midway through the week to make the speech after discussions with the Hockey Diversity Alliance.

“The feeling was just crazy, I’ve never felt anything like that,” Dumba said. “(Teammate Alex Galchenyuk) said right before, ‘if you’ve got the nerves to handle this, nothing can stop you tomorrow or on this playoff run.’

“That’s how I felt. I just wanted to attack it. Stepping out, it almost felt like I was entering the ring like I was a fighter or something, seeing everyone in a circle there.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published August 2, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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