On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 7:00 PM at Mayer/Carson Hall in Apple Creek, Ohio Don Plant presented a program on the topic of Purple Martins. With a Power Point presentation, Don will:

  • presented the “ins and outs” of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a Purple Martin colony
  • emphasized the importance of site location, proper housing, proper care, and the reasons for colony failures. At the end of the presentation, there will be time for questions and answers.

Don and his wife, Diana, reside in rural Perrysville, Ohio. They presently maintain a 68 gourd Purple Martin colony, at their residence, and a 14 gourd colony at Malabar Farm State Park. They have been enjoying and studying Purple Martins at their residence since 1969. Besides providing homes for Purple Martins, they also maintain a 64 box Bluebird/Tree Swallow trail, at their residence.

The program is a part of the Apple Creek Historical Society learning center’s creation of a nature program and it follows the beginning of a bluebird trail last summer. We will be erecting an 18 gourd unit this spring.

Anyone who is interested in joining our efforts to bring a colony to our grounds is also welcome to contact Gary Rogers at rogershome@sssnet.com and indicate your interest. We will be erecting the 18 gourd unit in April and we would like to have you join us for the fun.

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