Events

We are proud to announce Purple Martin meetings and gatherings taking place all over North America. Please feel free to attend these events as they are all open to the public. If you would like to post your meeting or gathering, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we will get your information posted as soon as possible.


 

2nd Annual Purple Martin Jamboree 

Date: June 15th-17th 
Time: 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rainsville, Alabama

Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments: 

2nd annual Purple Martin Jamboree birdwatching event for Purple Martin enthusiasts from all over the world! Information will be available from several places on Purple Martin products, drinks, snacks, hopeful meal served, hopeful bird banding.  Donations accepted, no vendor or entrance fee.  Product giveaway drawings, products available for sale, gospel singing on Sunday—The Boys of Alabama! 

Directions: Johnsons Worlds Largest Purple Martin Colony 2406 Kirk Road, Rainsville, Alabama 35986 


 

24th Annual Purple Martin Field Day

Date: Saturday June 23rd 

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Where: Louisa County, Virginia

Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments:  YOU CAN VISIT A PURPLE MARTIN SUPERCOLONY! 

 The 24th Annual Purple Martin Field Day is coming to VA! See 130 pairs of Purple Martins!  Last year, we had to cancel the Field Day, due to a terrible weather forecast; however, the predicted storm didn't hit, and the hosts opened up the farm at the last minute so people could see the colony and ask martin questions. About 20 people came, including folks who had flown in from Louisiana! 

THIS year, we are scheduling a full program! Plan to arrive before 11:00 a.m. so you won't miss the Door Prize give-away (including free GOURDS!) and the beginning of the presentations. 

Lance Wood and several other speakers will teach you how to get martins, get more martins, and manage them properly so you won't lose them. 

Which martin housing is the safest? gourds or houses? Do Virginia martins like gourds or houses better? COME AND FIND OUT!!! 

You will learn how to protect martins from snakes, hawks, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage, and lightning, as well as how to grow gourds and turn them into martin homes. You'll receive free equipment catalogs and literature about martin attraction and management. Bring a bag lunch to eat while you listen to the presentations and watch the martins feeding their nestlings! Then visit with other martin-lovers!  FREE but donations are appreciated to cover expenses. 

See www.purplemartinfieldday.org for directions, photos, and to find out what to bring (and NOT to bring!) 

RAIN POLICY: PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE EVENT TO BE SURE IT WILL BE HELD! 

Directions:  A private farm in Louisa County (central VA, about 40 miles west of Richmond.) GPS coordinates for the intersection of Rte. 15 and E. Jack Jouett Rd. (Rte. 640): 38.024805,-78.190525 (or) 38°01'29.3"N   78°11'25.9"W   NOTE: This is not the event location; from this intersection, follow the MARTINS signs (allowing 15 more minutes from that point, to reach the Field Day site.)  See www.purplemartinfieldday.org for more directions.

Contact: Kathy, 434-222-1831


  

Minnesota Purple Martin Fest & Nature Expo

Date: June 30th
Time: 9am-3pm (7pm for roost tour)
Where: Cameron Park and Boat Launch, Bemidji, MN

Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments:  

Join us for the Purple Martin Fest and Nature Expo at Cameron Park in Bemidji. This event includes talks and demonstrations on *purple martins, *bluebirds, *native plants for pollinators, and a keynote talk by Bruce Carlson on our lakes. Kids can make and take home a bird feeder complete with a starter bag of sunflower hearts. Take a pontoon ride to visit purple martin colonies around Lake Bemidji.There also will be a 'Raptors Live!' presentation at Lake Bemidji State Park on Friday evening (7:00 pm, 6/29). For more details go to http://www.spearheadmhas.org/mn-bird-city-bemidji.php

 This event is Bemidji's 2nd annual celebration of being designated a 'Minnesota Bird City'. This program recognizes and celebrates communities with a long-term commitment to:

 * creating bird habitat, 

 * reducing threats to birds, and

 * engaging citizens in birding, bird conservation, and outdoor recreation 

Event sponsors include: Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, Bemidji State University, BSU student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, The City of Bemidji & Parks and Recreation Dept, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Visit Bemidji

Directions: Cameron Park and Boat Launch; 2609 Birchmont Dr NE, Bemidji, MN 56601

 


 

Martinfest at Marsh Haven Nature Center

Date: June 30, 2018 
Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: Marsh Haven Nature Center W10145 State Road 49, Waupun, WI 53963
Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments:  ​Come meet other purple martin enthusiasts and landlords from across the State of Wisconsin and beyond and plan to be inspired by the mesmerizing sights and sounds of Marsh Haven's active purple martin colony. A comprehensive purple martin workshop is scheduled along with a bird banding demonstration by Master Bird Bander - Dick Nikolai. Various vendors will be onsite throughout the day and our Festival wouldn't be complete without our popular silent auction. Food & refreshments will also be available, so bring the family and help us celebrate "MartinFest 2018" the event is free and open to the public.

Contact:  Les Rhines at 920-889-0060

 


 

Ontario Purple Martin Festival

Date: Saturday July 7th, 2018 
Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: Leamington, Ontario
Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments:  ​The Ontario Purple Martin Association is hosting the first ever 'MartinFest' to celebrate this much-loved native North American bird. The Purple Martin is unique in its tolerance of, dependence upon, and desire to be close to humans! 

Our event is FREE, and will take place within sight and sound of an active Purple Martin colony. We will have presentations, vendors, kids activities, and speakers discussing a variety of issues related to attracting this beautiful bird to your backyard, and ready to answer any and all questions. 

Come and join us: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Address: Colchester Harbour / Beach

                  100 Jackson Street

                  Colchester Park, Ontario

 


 

Iowa State Fair Purple Martin Presentation

Date: August 10th 

Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Des Moines, IA

Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments: Tim Gelder (DNR Walnut Woods State Park Ranger and martin enthusiast) and Dave Duit (Iowa Purple Martin Organization President) will be giving a presentation at the Iowa State Fair DNR building courtyard stage on Friday August 10th at 1:00 PM. It is important that you leave early to arrive by 1:00 PM. The area around the fairgrounds will be packed with traffic, so plan on making a day of it at the fair. There will be educational handouts. There will be other Iowa purple martin landlords, wannabes and beginners to share  knowledge and experiences with martins . We will answer as many questions as we can relating to martins. The program will run about 45 minutes. Any questions can be directed to Dave Duit at dave@iamartin.org

Directions: Iowa State Fairgrounds, DNR building courtyard stage.  

 


 


Purple Martin Landlords of N Texas/monthly meeting schedule

Date: Thursday evenings
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: Grand Prairie, Texas
Open to the Public: Yes

Contact Info: Gisela Fregoe
giselaf@earthlink.net
972-641-2981

Directions: BETTY WARMACK BRANCH LIBRARY 760-Bardin Road GRAND PRAIRIE, TX 75052  972-237-5772

General Comments: http://purplemartinlandlordsofnorthtexas.com/events/


Purple Martin Society of Frederick MD

Date: Last Wednesday of the month, March through August
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Frederick, Maryland
Open to the Public: Yes

Contact Info:

Chet Anderson
pmsfm.org (club website)
[javascript protected email address] (301) 972-8983

Directions: Call for latest information.

General Comments: Informative casual meetings, meet with Landlords and other wannabees! Movies, slides, guest speakers, outings and visits to PM sites. No dues. We usually meet on the last Wednesday of the Month.  March through August. 


Purple Martin Society of Collier County Meetings

Date: On the third Monday of each month.
Time: Times vary.
Where: Naples, Florida
Open to the Public: Yes

Contact Info: Bill Dietrich
billd@naples.net

Directions: The Village Inn, 1921 Davis Boulevard near U.S. 41 East, Naples Florida (location and times subject to change - naplesflpurplemartins.com for more information).

 

 EVENTS FORM

  1. Are you a PMCA member?
  2. Open to the public?
  3. Free educational materials desired
  4. Is this an annual event?