PMCA Colony Update 2018: GPS Deployment

Twelve GPS data loggers were deployed on the backs of adult Purple Martins this month to collect data on their journey to the amazon rainforest and back.  These GPS data loggers will collect data five times throughout the day (every day) and can pinpoint the bird's location as accurate as a few meters. In order to…

PMCA Colony Update 2018: We have Eggs

Our first egg of the season was laid on May 22 in a gourd at our Sommerheim location. Although our martins arrived later than they have in recent years, they took no time waiting to lay eggs, with our first egg appearing a week earlier than last year. [caption id="attachment_182" align="alignnone" width="367"] Our first nest…

Time To Peek Inside

My Purple Martins have been gathering hundreds of green leaves from all our trees for the last 2 weeks. No tree has been spared - the cherry, poplar, sugar maple, and river birch trees have all had their topmost, newest, most tender new leaves stripped as male and female martins alike, attack them in frenzy. …

Be The Early Bird!

January is slipping right by us and February is almost here!  Last year, I had the earliest ever recorded arrival on Feb. 28th, and since I was on work assignment in Germany, I was ill-prepared.  Coincidentally, I again have to head to Germany the last week of February, so I’m jump-starting my preparations now.  I…