Martin 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.


Purple Martin Mini Seminar

Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Time: 5:00pm

Where: Tamaroa, IA
Open to the Public: Yes

Contact Info: Stephen Gartside


 Directions:  Route 154, east of Pinckneyville to Valier Carpet Rd.  Go north to Grouse Rd then left on Foxtail Lane. 3rd house on west side of lane.

**please bring lawn chairs**

General Comments: Many of the attendees are landlords for existing colonies...we try to talk about issues pertaining to issues we have. We also try to encourage those who do not have birds to attend and we try to give advice to  attract and maintain those colonies.



Purple Martin Field Day, Kalona Iowa

Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2021
Where: Kalona, IA
Open to the Public: Yes

General Comments: A Purple Martin field has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 19 at the home of Evan & Ethel Gingerich (Evan's Sales & Service) just north of Kalona, Iowa. This will, of course, depend on what's happening with the corona virus, but we're hopeful that we'll all be in a better and safer space by then.

Details and times for this event will be announced as we get closer to June 19th, but mark your calendar now.


26th Annual Purple Martin Field Day

Date: Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Where: Louisa County, VA
Open to the Public: Yes

Directions to the event: This Field Day is held at a private farm in Louisa County, VA (central VA, about 60 miles NW of Richmond.) This is your STARTING POINT to the farm/event site: The intersection of James Madison Hwy. (Rte. 15) and E. Jack Jouett Rd. (Rte. 640) in Louisa County, VA.  GPS coordinates for that intersection are: 
NOTE: This is NOT the event site, but at this intersection on the morning of the event, you will see "MARTINS" signs; follow the signs to the farm, allowing 15 more minutes from the intersection.

General Comments: The 26th Annual Purple Martin Field Day in central VA is here again! See more than 100 pairs of Purple Martins!

The program begins at 11:00 a.m. Arrive before then, so you won't miss the Door Prize give-away (including free GOURDS!) before the presentations begin. 
Having trouble attracting martins? Did you have a martin colony but all your birds disappeared? 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. Are gourds or houses safer or better for martins? Will martins eat all your mosquitoes? COME AND FIND OUT!!!

You will learn how to protect martins from snakes, hawks, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage, and lightning. 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 hundreds of martins soaring over the farm, feeding their nestlings! Then visit with other martin-lovers! After the main program, you can buy gourds/seeds, and learn to grow gourds and modify them to create safe, long-lasting Purple Martin homes. Experienced landlords will be available to answer martin questions. You will receive free literature on martin attraction and management, and catalogs for high-quality martin equipment! Events end by 3:00 p.m. Come and join the fun!

No registration. Event is FREE but donations are appreciated to help cover expenses.

BRING: Lawn chairs, shoes for wet grass, binoculars, notepad, bag lunch/drink, and camera.
Please do not bring pets (we will share ours with you!)

RAIN POLICY: PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE EVENT TO BE SURE IT WILL BE HELD! (Refresh web page often.) If rain is predicted, we may need to cancel or post special instructions.




20th Annual Purple Martin Spectacular-Sunset Cruise


Wednesday. August 11, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Time: 6:15 PM pm

Where: Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, NJ
Open to the Public: Yes

Contact Info: Doreen Homan
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 General Comments: Enjoy a Sunset Cruise aboard the “Bonanza II”

Slowly cruise the Maurice River with local Purple Martin expert Allen Jackson and other naturalists.

A selection of desserts, light snacks and soft drinks are provided.

 Reservations are required. The cost is $50 per person, please pay in advance.

The boat cruise is approximately 3 hours and we go RAIN OR SHINE.

Cruises depart AT 6:15pm from the dock at 8749 Berry Avenue - Port Norris, NJ 08349


Tours sell out well in advance. So secure your spot now!

Pay for your tickets by credit card at

Or make a check out to “Citizens United” and mail it to PO Box 474, Millville, NJ 08332-0474.

Be sure to let us know the names of the other people you may be paying for.  If paying by check, also include the date of the trip you are booking.





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

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

General Comments:

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 (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

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



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