|Purple Martins: Coming to a Backyard Near You!|
|Written by Jackie Wolfinger|
|Monday, 11 March 2013 17:54|
Last Tuesday was an entertaining and educational night at the Sanctuary! Penny Briscoe, a Purple Martin landlord of over 25 years, presented her program titled Purple Martins: Backyard Aerialists. Over the course of an hour, Penny told us about the history of Purple Martins and taught us the basics of becoming a landlord.
Penny’s passion and excitement for this species was apparent from the very beginning of her presentation. The stories she shared about her experiences with Purple Martins were inspiring. She told us about a year when over thirty young Purple Martins were lost due to bad weather and how that tragedy led to her recent success of 160 fledglings! If audience members seemed concerned that they couldn’t make the same kind of commitment to Purple Martins as Penny does, she was quick to remind us all that you can become a Purple Martin landlord on whatever scale you are comfortable with. If that means you monitor three large houses and provide food in bad weather, go for it. If you only have the time to monitor one small house, that is great too. Another aspect of the program that was really enjoyable was the time at the end Penny took to answer questions and speak individually with audience members.
Sanctuary volunteers monitoring the Purple Martin house
If you are interested in Purple Martins and weren't able to make it this great program, you definitely don't want to miss out on the Sanctuary's other Purple Martin program!
Purple Martin Workshop: How to be a good Purple Martin Landlord is taking place this Saturday, March 16th. This workshop will run from 9am until noon, and you can expect to learn tips and tricks to being a successful Purple Martin landlord. You’ll even be able to get hands-on experience monitoring a martin colony!