The Purple Martin Conservation Association, Presque Isle State Park/Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque Isle Audubon Society, the Presque Isle Partnership, the Friends of the Tom Ridge Center, Erie Waterworks,MacDonald Illig Attorneys, and the greater Erie community cordially invite you to join fellow martin enthusiasts at the

2011 Purple Martin Conference

Building the community for conservation of Purple Martins

August 11, 12 and 13, 2011
Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle StatePark
Erie, Pennsylvania

 


The Conference Theme:
Building the Community for Conservation of Purple Martins

This year's conference will feature a great selection of presentations on traditional research and education topics, but will also place an increased emphasis on building the martin community. Some of the North America's foremost martin enthusiasts and activists are coming to the conference, and, for the first time, we'll have a Brazilian wildlife official in attendance. We'll have presentations on cooperative projects, working groups and affiliate activities. We'll have panel discussions aimed at engaging individual attendees and groups in shaping future collaborative conservation of Purple Martins. And, as we did at the very successful 2007 Purple Martin conference, we're going to have lot of fun along the way with some fine social events and opportunities to see thousands of martins at the Presque Isle Bay Purple Martin roost. We hope that you'll join us!


The Venue

Located near the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is a unique facility dedicated to environmental education, research, and visitor services. TREC has meeting rooms, state-of-the-art environmental exhibits, a wide-screen theater, a gift shop, a café and a glass-enclosed observation tower overlooking Lake Erie.


Erie is Pennsylvania’s premier vacation destination. Thousands come for swimming, boating, fishing, birding and other outdoor activities at the 3,200 acre Presque Isle State Park. Three family oriented amusement parks, the Presque Isle Downs and Casino, and other attractions draw many other visitors to Erie. For more information on activities and events in the Erie area, see visit Erie


The Provisional Program:

Please note the date corrections from the 20(2) Update

Friday, August 12
Registration 8:00AM-5:00 PM
Presentations, panels and discussions 9:00AM-5:00 PM

Research on Purple Martin Migration and Behavior
Results of a 3-year Purple Martin banding project in South Carolina
Julie A. Hovis
• Geolocator tracking: testing the waters in southern Texas
John Barrow
• Experiences from the front lines: deploying geolocators in northern Virginia
Nannette Mickle
• Frequent fliers: what geolocator tracking in martins teaches us about bird migration
Bridget Stutchbury, York University
• Dawn song and the evolution of coloniality in Purple Martins
Eugene Morton, Hemlock Hill Research Station
• Do female martins benefit from extra-pair copulations with neighboring males?
Patrick Kramer, York University
• The effects of Haemoproteus blood parasite infection on Purple Martins: fitness, extra Pair Paternity and migration
Cassandra Silverio, York University
• Purple Martin distribution, outreach, and research in Northwest Texas and Western Oklahoma
James Ray, Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Pantex, LLC, Amarillo, TX
• Panel Discussion: Future research needs and directions
Jonathan M. D'Silva, Purple Martin Conservation Association
...and more to be announced

Conservation topics
• The population status of Purple Martins
John Tautin and Robert Aeppli, Purple Martin Conservation
• Challenges and opportunities for bird conservation in Brazil
Manuela Souza, CEMAVE-ICNBIO, Brazil
• Revival of the Bluebird Society-a management case study
Jonathan Ridgeway, North American Bluebird Society
• Chimney Swift conservation-how you can make a difference
Ron Windingstad, Audubon Minnesota
...and more to be announced


Saturday, August 13
Registration 8:00 AM-Noon
Presentations, panels and discussions 9:00AM-5:00 PM

Approaches to building the community for Purple Martins
• Panel presentation: Working with state agencies to manage Purple Martins
Bill Wenger, Lakeland Area Purple Martin Association; Brian Gula, Presque Isle State Park; Robert Aeppli, Purple Martin Conservation Association; Geoffry Krukar, Connecticut DEP
• The role of commerce in Purple Martin conservation
John Tautin, Purple Martin Conservation Association; Mel Toellner, Songbird Essentials; Robert Aeppli, Purple Martin Conservation Association
• Getting things done through Purple Martin Working Groups: the Minnesota example
Kelly Applegate, Minnesota Purple Martin Working Group
• Getting things done through Purple Martin Working Groups: the New England example
Geoffrey Krukar, Connecticut DEP
• Web-based community building: new developments at the PMCA
Craig Kern and Tara Dodge, Purple Martin Conservation Association
• Managing Purple Martins at their northern limits
Dan Olofson, Camrose Wildlife and Steward Society
• Organizing for Purple Martin conservation in North Carolina
Tim Francis, North Carolina Purple Martin Society
• Panel discussion: introducing the public to martin roosts
Larry Hunter, Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association; Tim Francis, North Carolina Purple Martin Society; Alen Jackson, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River; Kelly Applegate, Minnesota Purple Martin Working Group
• Recruiting future landlords for Purple Martins
Larry Melcher, Bernheim Arboretum
• Building a Super Colony of Purple Martin landlords in Missouri
Kathy Freeze
• Girls rule the future of Purple Martins!
John and Nancy McCarthy
• Forum discussion: Cooperative Purple Martin conservation-where do we go from here?

Awards, door prizes, ...and more to be announced


Social Events:

Thursday, August 11, 6:00-8:30 PM. Conference Opening Reception. Meet and greet fellow martin enthusiasts from around the continent while enjoying fine catered food and locally produced beverages, all followed by a private showing of Mysteries of the Great Lakes in the TREC's Big Green Screen theater.




Friday, August 12, 5:30-7:30 PM. Enjoy good food and fellowship at a picnic hosted by PMCA and Presque Isle State Park, all the while viewing hundreds of martins staging on the wires before they go to the Presque Isle roost.

Saturday, August 13 ,6:00-7:30 PM. Join fellow martin enthusiasts on a delightful cruise aboard the Lady Kate. See Presque Isle Bay and the Erie waterfront while watching martins fly to their night-time roost.


Costs:

Conference Registration -$50 Registration is required and includes Friday Lunch, Friday Picnic, Saturday lunch and refreshment breaks both days. Conference space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Thursday evening Opening Reception - $25. This event is optional and open to non-registrants.

Saturday evening cruise - $20. This event is optional and open to non-registrants.

 

Register now to attend the 2011 Purple Martin Conference. Download a registration form from our web site below or call us at 814-833-7656 and we'll mail you the form and information. Follow our website for updates and more complete information of the 2011 Purple Martin Conference.

 

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Accommodations:

The Erie area has many hotels, motels and campgrounds, some within walking distance of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. See http://www.visiteriepa.com/where_to_stay.shtml#hotel for an extensive list. For a shorter list of accommodations closest to the Center see <http://www.purplemartin.org/accommodations.pdf>. Reserve early; August is peak tourist season at Erie, and accommodations fill up fast.

Travel: I-79 from the south, and I-90 from the east and west, pass within 6 miles of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Erie International Airport is three miles away and is served by four major airlines.

Travel arrangements: I-79 from the south, and I-90 from the east and west, pass within 6 miles of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Erie International Airport is three miles away and is served by four major airlines.

Directions from Pittsburgh (2 hours)
Take I-79 north to exit 183B (the second exit for 12th street). Go West on to 12th street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Peninsula Drive (Route 832 North). Continue North on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.

Directions from Cleveland (1.5 hours)
Take I-90 East to the I-79 interchange. Take I-79 North to exit 183B (the second exit for 12th street). Go West on to 12th street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Peninsula Drive (Route 832 North). Continue North on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.

Directions from Buffalo (1.5 hours)
Take I-90 West to the I-79 interchange. Take I-79 North to exit 183B (the second exit for 12th street). Go West on to 12th street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Peninsula Drive (Route 832 North). Continue North on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.

Directions from Jamestown, Route 86 (45 minutes)
Take I-86 to I-90. Take I-90 West to I-79 North. Take I-79 north to exit 183B (the second exit for 12th street). Go West on to 12th street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Peninsula Drive (Route 832 North). Continue North on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.

Directions from Erie Airport (5-7 minutes)
Turn right out of the airport onto West 12th street. Turn left (north) at the 3rd light (12th & Peninsula Dr.) onto Peninsula Drive. Continue North on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.

Directions from the Millcreek Mall (7-9 minutes)
Take I-79 north to exit 183B (the second exit for 12th street). Go West on to 12th street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Peninsula Drive (Route 832 North). Continue north on Peninsula Drive toward Presque Isle State Park. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is located on the right hand side just prior to the hill and the park entrance.