Meet the Tollenaars!
We are the Tollenaar family. From left to right, we have Jordan (Bennett), Jan, Luke, Rose, & Alana. Since we are a family-owned business, you will see all of us around the store at one point or another. We’ve lived on an acreage south of Spruce Grove for over 20 years. We have tons of birds at our backyard feeders, and are so excited to share our love of these feathered friends with you!
Alana just completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental & Conservation Science at the University of Alberta. She previously worked at a bird feeding store in Edmonton, so she knows the industry well, and is really excited to share her passion for birds and for nature with Spruce Grove and area residents! She will be at the store full-time to start, but will move to part-time when she starts her master’s degree in the fall. Her favourite bird is the sora rail, which you very likely won’t find in your backyard, but could find in wetlands around Alberta. Soras are elusive, pear-shaped birds with bright yellow bills. Their call is a cute laughing noise, listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_WLUEmlcKA
Rose did an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta - taking a keen interest in zoology and botany. Her love of nature almost equals her interest in meeting new and interesting people! You’ll find Rose in the store on most evenings and weekends. Rose is a big fan of Pine Grosbeaks, especially during the winter. They are a welcome pop of colour during the winter months, and are such a beautiful, striking red contrasted against the snowy white landscape. Learn more about Pine Grosbeaks here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Grosbeak/id
Luke is doing his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management at the University of Alberta, and loves all things hockey. He worked at the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary for two summers repairing the boardwalk, maintaining the trails, and befriending the bats and squirrels. His favourite bird is the beloved Black-Capped Chickadee. You can see tons of chickadees and other birds at the Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary, so he recommends checking it out if you haven’t before. Find out more about the sanctuary here: https://www.cliffordelee.com/
Jordan just finished his BSc degree in Kinesiology, and is an aspiring physiotherapist. He's not technically an owner, but you'll see him around the store helping out, mostly on weekends. He is an avid bird lover and takes any chance he can get to visit the Whitemud Ravine in Edmonton or the ParticiPark trail system in Spruce Grove to search for new birds. Jordan’s favourite bird is the Dark-Eyed Junco. These adorable little birds are ground-feeders, so you’ll often see them hopping around below your feeders or on the forest floor. Listen to their sweet song here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/sounds