The 2016 event was a huge success with 120 attendees from six states!

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Main presentation begins at 11:00a.m.
Please try to 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 lecture by featured speaker 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
Following the 11:00am lecture, Mr. Lance Wood will give a presentation on how to grow and process natural gourds for Purple Martin nesting.

Predator Deterrence Display 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, camera, lunch (feel free to eat on the grounds). Drinks and snacks provided. The hosts request that guests do not bring pets.

For more information, contact info. will be posted soon - please check back!


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