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.
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,
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