The Purple Martin Landlords of
North Texas Organization is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the Purple Martin species.
Founded in 1999, the PMLNT promotes conservation by sponsoring educational programs, supporting research efforts, developing awareness with the public and protecting their pre migratory roosts. Our organization brings together people from across the Metroplex and the state with a similar Purple Martin passion.
Dear PMLNT Members,
Even though this is still the Purple Martin OFF SEASON our work is never done. I am sitting here this morning preparing for a Purple Martin program for a German Club in Arlington, TX.
Last October we had a very good Board meeting and I again like to thank all Board members who came to work on our upcoming Purple Martin year. Pretty soon In February we can see the first Martins arriving. So I am always thinking on how we could get our members more involved. We do like to hear from you with any new ideas. For example: “Starting a conversation with family members, friends or new acquaintances about Purple Martins is always a good thing”. I am always reminding myself to do this and get good results. We do have a printed info letter available to put on doors of people who have Martin housing in their back yard. The more we talk about our PMLNT mission the better and also we need to advertise to join our PMLNT group.
Our motto is still:
“Spreading the word about our wonderful birds, the Purple Martins.”
I am working on our year 2016 activities schedule and will send it out next.
AGAIN, please note that our “17th Purple Martin Birthday Bash” is coming up on Saturday, 13th of February 2016 at the same location as last year, the SpringCreek Restaurant in Grand Prairie, TX. I will let you know more info in my next letter.
Now mark your calendars for the 13th of February please.
For news and updates throughout the Martin year come here:
So if you are still a landlord please get involved. I hope to see you in February.
Hi, I hope you all are still enjoying this late summer weather to catch up on gardening and cleaning your Martin housing for the next season. This is good time for that. Also remember pine straw is needed for the next season and can be collected from Slash Pine trees in East Texas.
It is good to bring some extras to share with other landlords.
Looking back, It sure had been a very turbulent spring with lots of rain followed by high temps for a long time.
A NOTE TO OUR PMLNT MEMBERS
I know that many members will be interested in finding out about
“What triggers a Migration”.
I found out a little bit about it and like to share it with you.
After the Purple Martin breeding season and after the parents have taught their offsprings “how to survive” tips and “how to catch their own insects” they all go their separate ways or can still hang around together a little longer until they all join the large Purple Martin pre-migratory roost in our Metroplex the City of Garland, Texas. The word goes out that this is a good place to assemble for their nightly roost.
We can never say what day and time exactly they will begin their migration south but the birds must receive a certain combination of meteorological and seasonal prompts that triggers their migration response.
I feel that it is shorter day length plus cooler nights that might trigger the birds migration gene which in turn causes the Purple Martins to get ready for their grueling flight all the way to South America and their final destination of Brazil.
There are many obstacles to overcome en route and we also know that many birds unfortunately will not be able to make it.
But we are confidant that most of our Purple Martins will be coming back to us in the month of February next year.
So, at our Saturday, 8th of August 2015 Garland, TX huge Purple Martin pre-migratory roost visit we all watched our birds one more time and wished them a “SAFE JOURNEY”.
To all our devoted PMLNT Landlords I like to thank you for being so caring for our wonderful Purple Martins in the ongoing preservation and conservation efforts. And that is what we, the PMLNT organization, are all about.
God bless you all for doing a great job. THANK YOU !!!
A note from Gisela,
I have several PMLNT members asking me how to detect our Garland Purple Martin pre-migratory roost and think this link below would be of help.
When the page opens there today at 7:00AM sunrise time, a round dark spot is appearing at the roost location in Garland Shiloh road Cinemark movie theater parking lot.
Check out the radar at: http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southplains_loop.php
Today it is still visible not as large as we have seen it (8 of August) but it is still there. So this means the roost has not gone yet. The dark spot will eventually fan out towards Lake Ray Hubbard and then dissipate while the Martins are fanning out to feed at the surrounding location. I hope this will be of help.
A note from Gisela,
We just had another World Migratory Bird Day event meeting and things are being worked out. Thanks go to Kathy who is my big helper at these meetings. There are lots of items to talk about and the WMBD event is shaping up very nicely. I think the event flyer is looking great, am getting some nice comments about it. Thanks. Come and check it out.
The weather is not too nice these days but at least our Martins can go and feed in between the rain. With strong winds I do lower my PM housing a little. Do some nest checking and keep tearing out 2 sparrow nests. Pine straw is very popular now as are the crushed eggshells.
Well, I like to wish you all a nice weekend. We will be busy every day.
Regards from Gisela
A letter to all Purple Martin bird enthusiasts from Gisela
Greetings to you,
The Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) recognized the 2014 Marty Party as the “Outstanding Program” in the Aging Award category.
The Marty Party was held in Grand Prairie, TX Central Park at The Summit in conjunction with the Purple Martin Landlords of North Texas organization. Over 500 people attended the dedication of a Purple Martin Sanctuary, a safe haven with open spaces and a beautiful lake for the Martins which are key components to the area’s ECO system. The event, held in conjunction with the World Migratory Bird Day which is sponsored by the United Nations, included booths, exhibits, games, entertainment, food and prizes; it was so successful that it has become an Annual Event.
One of the participants, PMLNT member Larry Skinner, shared that, “In addition to providing a great home for the Purple Martins to nest in after migrating from Brazil each year, the city has provided a permanent educational forum for all the thousands of people who visit the Summit and walk the beautiful grounds at Central Park on a regular basis.” The hope is to not just educate, but to encourage others in the community to provide Purple Martin colonies at their homes and businesses and to become landlords who will help to ensure the preservation and protection of this important migratory bird.
We are working already on this year’s Marty Party, Saturday, 9 May 2015. I think it is worth for all our PMLNT members to come to celebrate our Purple Martins.
“Spreading the word about this wonderful bird, the Purple Martin”
first of all I like to thank all our PM landlords who answered my question
about any early Martin arrival at their location. Appreciate your comments.
Not too many reported having Martins and some had losses due to the cold and lack of food.
Good news, I finally was greeted by several Purple Martins this morning
at 7:30am. What a joy to hear their voices. I hope we are looking for better weather to come now. So I opened all my entrances on our 2 houses (only had 4 open) and I am going outside now to get the 12 S-Gourds ready and up the poles. This is a good morning to work on this project. Now I encourage all to open their Martin housing and I wish for a good Purple Martin season this year.
Many regards from Gisela,