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by John Balga
Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Project
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Purple Martin Project

Nature Canada is interested in hearing from Ontario landlords as to what is happening at their colonies. If you are interested in helping or getting involved, check out their latest information at:


http://naturecanada.ca/initiatives/bird ... n-project/
by John Balga
Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: dig out
Replies: 9
Views: 2081

Ontario.....freezing rain and snow

We received quite a bit of freezing rain last night followed by snow which caused several of the martin house entrances to be blocked. One of our members reported that her pole was glazed over and that she required a hoe to break the ice in order to lower the rack. When she opened the doors, 15 or m...
by John Balga
Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lonestar Alamo perch rod issue...
Replies: 10
Views: 3623

I purchased some tubing which tightly fits over the perch rod and cut it to 3/8 inch wide or so so they could be slipped inside and outside of the porch. By pushing the two together, it seems to stop the perch from turning. If you warm the tubing and slide it in place along the perch and make it tig...
by John Balga
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Gourd Stabilizer
Replies: 0
Views: 1360

Gourd Stabilizer

How to Stop A Gourd From Moving While Preparing It This little device can stop you in your tracks in that it resists anything from moving while you are working on it. I used this device to prepare a natural gourd and found it very useful in stabilizing the project while I was drilling the cleanout h...
by John Balga
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Building a web site
Replies: 9
Views: 4047

Building a Website

Hello everyone, For those of you in new purple martin clubs wanting to build a website may wish to have a look at this You Tube Video. It gives a backgrounder on how a $2500 website can be built for under $150. It is quite thorough and really addresses the questions Bill asked. It is great for at le...
by John Balga
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Building a web site
Replies: 9
Views: 4047

Website development

Hi Bill,
I sent you a pm. Check it out.
John
by John Balga
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Lake St. Clair Roost Confirmed

On August 20, 2013 Richard Carr, Walpole Island Purple Martin Project and John Balga, Ontario Purple Martin Association verified the existence of the purple martin roost on Walpole Island. Prior to that date there was a report by Ania Czerwieniec on August 2005 under the PMCA Walpole Island Roost re...
by John Balga
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Stafford Roost

John, yes that's better. The links work okay now showing expanding roost rings in the morning. Interesting that the Long Point and Presque Isle patterns overlap. How do the birds know which roost is theirs & why to some pass one roost to go to another one farther away? Impressive looking roost ring...
by John Balga
Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Radar Imagery Article on Roosts in Great Lakes Area

I came across this article written by Tom Niziol on the roosts in our Great Lakes Area. Some of these roosts have been around for a long time. I am posting the reference for others to view. http://i.imwx.com/web/multimedia/images/blog/BirdRings/BirdRings.html I hope you agree that this is fascinatin...
by John Balga
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Update loops

Don Troha wrote:Tip: Set the endTime to 12 in the above ucar links to get a loop ending at 12Z on the morning of 8/13. The default -1 is current time.
Thanks Don, that works much better and the rings and semi rings now appear clearer. Let me know if this loop is ok.
by John Balga
Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Update on Long Point Roost

this is another radar I use to find rings http://vortex.plymouth.edu/nids.html Thank you Jim for that new reference. I will give it a try. If you use the controls at the top of these references you can actually slow or even stop the movement. In the one reference, the roost seems to be moving from ...
by John Balga
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Presque Isle and Long Point Roost Ring
Replies: 0
Views: 1452

Presque Isle and Long Point Roost Ring

Some great movement on the map this morning at both roosts.

August 13,2013 Preque Isle and Long Point Roost Movement

http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/displ ... duration=2
by John Balga
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Radar map

I've included the viewing radar map with the control and Ohio map section you may wish to use to verify your roost.
by John Balga
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Radar Images

I use the following for my radar fix to begin: http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/ After I have it loaded on my computer, I click on the location closest to the suspected roost site I would like to locate. The top of the map is set for current universal time. If you would like to view it early in the...
by John Balga
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring
Replies: 14
Views: 5127

Lake St.Clair / Walpole Island Roost Ring

Would anyone be able to confirm whether this a roost ring using the following Photos? These were saved from this morning.
by John Balga
Tue May 07, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario Purple Martin Association Meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Meeting

I am reading between the lines and hope you have one of mine or one of Gilles martins finally. See you Saturday!
by John Balga
Mon May 06, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario Purple Martin Association Meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Ontario Purple Martin Association Meeting

The third meeting of the OPMA will take place at the following location:
9:00 a.m. ……May 11

“Member-Host” Meeting- 9:00 a.m. Al and Anne Hamill’s house, 2643 County Rd. 20, Harrow, On, N0R1G0 Come out and see Al’s new colony site additions !

:wink:
by John Balga
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Colony Tsunami Photos
Replies: 16
Views: 7369

migrating martins

Steve,
Thank you for sharing these photos. I have yet to see this in my lifetime.
IT really must be awe inspiring.
John Balga
OPMA
by John Balga
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2013 Walpole Island Biodiversity Recovery Project Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

Walpole Island

Thank you Louise for supporting this Ontario Conference as Richard and Susan have really put their hearts into making this a great conference on Walpole Island. Richard and Susan attended our PM Meeting on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of our group as well as the support s...
by John Balga
Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: 2013 Walpole Island Biodiversity Recovery Project Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

Conference Pre- registration is Appreciated

Richard Carr called me today to post a reminder to everyone that registration is required to ascertain the number attending the luncheon. Although the conference is a few weeks away, he would appreciate an acknowledgement so he can do some meal preparation for the venue. Many thanks to those that ha...