Storm Cindy changed paths! Louisa did not get the heavy rains predicted! The Field Day parking lot is dry and usable.
A last-minute change was JUST made Saturday morning by the hosting landlord: Lance Wood will open up his farm at 11:00am for a very abbreviated and informal time of instruction, and so you can see the martins and ask him martin questions (for anyone who wishes to come, and for those who did not learn of the original cancellation, which was based on the previous rainy-weather forecast.)
This is NOT our normal event, and there will be no support staff to handle greeting and logistics (we all live too far away to get there in time), so your understanding will be greatly appreciated. Bring your own chair and lunch.
And please join us next year on Saturday, June 23, 2018
for a FULL program (weather permitting!)

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Main presentation begins at 11:00a.m.
Please arrive before 11:00a.m.
Scheduled activities end by 3:00p.m.

Location: Louisa County, VA
(between Richmond and Charlottesville)

Photo by Kathy Laine
Photo by Kathy Laine

This Field Day will be held at the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son, Mr. Lance Wood. Establishing and maintaining a healthy Purple Martin colony can be difficult; see the most effective techniques and equipment available for successful martin attraction and management, and learn how to increase the size of an existing colony. The Wood family has expanded their colony from four pairs of Purple Martins in 1992 to more than 130 nesting pairs!

The 11:00am program by Mr. Lance Wood and other speakers will cover these topics:
  • How to establish and increase a colony of Purple Martins
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different types of martin housing
  • Protecting martins from snakes, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage, lightning, etc.
  • Adding starling-resistant entrance holes to martin gourds and houses
After the main presentations, you can buy gourds/seeds and hear a presentation on how to grow and process natural gourds for Purple Martin nesting.

Educational displays at Field Day (photo by Kathy Laine)

See video of the birds at their gourd nests.

Enjoy watching hundreds of these beautiful birds soaring and feeding their young while the instructor teaches!

No registration. Event is FREE, but donations will be appreciated to help cover expenses.

Bring: Lawn chairs, binoculars, notepad, bag lunch/drink, and camera. Please do not bring pets.

For more information, please call Kathy at (434) 222-1831 (leave voicemail)


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