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Learn to create a Purple Martin habitat in Louisa

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:33 am

Purple Martins flourish at the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son, Lance, an expert on their habitat.

The 25th annual Purple Martin Field Day will take place on June 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son.

The event is free and does not require registration, but donations will be accepted. Participants should bring lawn chairs, shoes for wet grass, binoculars, a notepad, a bagged lunch, drink and a camera. Please do not bring pets.

Lance Wood, Purple Martin expert, and other presenters will speak on the habitat martins require, and how to protect birds from snakes, hawks, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage and lightning. You’ll see a spectacular martin colony that has grown from four martin pairs in 1992 to more than 130 pairs. This kind of growth happens only with proper equipment, the best management techniques and hard work by Purple Martin caretakers known as “landlords.”

After the main program, attendees can buy gourds and seeds, and learn to grow gourds and modify them to create safe, long-lasting Purple Martin homes. Field day visitors will receive free literature on martin attraction and management, and catalogs for high-quality martin equipment!

For more information, visit www.purplemartinfieldday.org. Check the website for any changes due to weather. Call Kathy with any questions at (434) 222-1831.