26th ANNUAL
PURPLE MARTIN FIELD DAY

CANCELED!
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we regret that the
2020 Purple Martin Field Day originally scheduled
for Saturday, June 27, 2020 must be canceled.
We care about your safety and do not want to risk
contributing to the spread of this deadly virus.

No one can predict what next year will hold, but we hope to have this event in 2021. So mark your calendar and plan to join us
NEXT YEAR on June 26, 2021
(Check this website closer to that date, and also on the morning of the event, for updates or special instructions.)

Please help us spread the word that this year's Field Day is canceled by sharing this link (www.purplemartinfieldday.org) with your friends by text/email, or posting the cancellation on your websites, Pinterest boards, Facebook pages/groups, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other social media.
We invite you to browse the information provided on the other tabs/pages of this website. Another outstanding source of martin information is the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA). Although we are not directly affiliated with that organization, they graciously assist us each year by providing free publicity, literature, and door prizes for our event; likewise, we support and recommend them, as they endeavor to further martin education, conservation and research.

If you have questions about Purple Martins, please contact the PMCA at:
Purple Martin Conservation Association
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 6
Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-7656
www.purplemartin.org

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
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)

RAIN POLICY:
PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE THE MORNING OF THE EVENT,
TO BE SURE IT WILL BE HELD!
(Refresh/reload the web page often.)
(IF RAIN/STORMS ARE PREDICTED, WE MAY
NEED TO CANCEL OR POST SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS HERE.)

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 120 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, camera, notepad, bag lunch/drink, rain gear, and shoes for walking in wet grass. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PETS.

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PURPLE MARTINS see: www.PurpleMartin.org

For other bird, wildlife and nature resources visit our links page.