The Forum vs Facebook

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Joined: Tue May 26, 2009 3:21 pm
Location: Georgia/Newnan

I ask this question? If you need to find the information necessary to establish a successful martin colony where would you look? This forum has been a great help for me. The problems or questions are addressed forthwith. I can or could rely on those who have gone before to give me advice. I am reluctant to join Facebook because I am wary of their format and release of personal ID.

Spring Garden Keeper
Posts: 2133
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:07 pm
Location: PA/Avis
Martin Colony History: The 1972 St. Agnes flood wiped out all the Martins in my area. One day, in 1997-98, 5 or 6 Martins landed on the power wires crossing my back yard. I had no house for them. They kept coming back day after day. We got a martin house a few weeks later & they have been coming back every year since. I average 12-15 pair per year.

Many of us do not use nor ever will use Facebook. All the info you need is here on the forum. The only advantage to the FB page is posting photos is easier.

Toy in PA
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Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:21 am
Location: Alabama

I have had no need for Facebook yet. If this place didn't exist, I'd go to the library. :lol:
Posts: 223
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

I do use Facebook and enjoy it very much, Lots of Information on both sites, the traffic on facebook is much more active than on this forum but it has its drawbacks just like these forums...So it all depends on what you want to use...
Either one has its good points as well as its not so good points
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
Posts: 885
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
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I too am reluctant (read wont) do facebook, personal reasons i guess. The forum has been friendly, informative and sufices for me and the needs of our martins. Works for me! Those of us more connected would migrate to facebook. Both good tools, i trust PMCA will keep both running for us. Forum has been running for a long time so there is a ton of topics to research.
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
John Miller
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Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:11 pm
Location: St. Louis, MO

Last edited by John Miller on Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Posts: 175
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS area
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 74 eggs, 1 nest abandoned, all the rest successful.
2020 - 32 nests, unknown exact egg numbers, 1 death.

Quite Facebook years ago and never looked back.
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Location: NE Alabama
Martin Colony History: 2018-First Year 0 Martins
2019- Lots Lookers
2020- TBD

I don't have Facebook, don't want it, seems it causes a lot of problems with people. if this shutdown I will be on my on.
2018-14 Gourds First Year 0 Martins
2019- 14 Gourds Lots Lookers
2020- 6 Gourds had one male stay 3 weeks.
2021- TBD
Ed Svetich-WI
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Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:05 pm
Location: Brooks, Wi (McGinnis Lake)
Martin Colony History: 24 Super and Excluder Gourds on two gourd racks, all SREH. Full occupancy. My philosophy is to maximize fledge % with existing cavities rather than adding gourds to grow colony, thus providing opportunities for new colony expansion. Fledge over 100 nestlings yearly from 24 gourds. Band nestlings in cooperation with state university. 2019 Adendum: Reduced colony size to 12 gourds to focus on more intensive management regimen.


You ok? I would Facebook you but my wife won't let me near it.😁

John Miller
Posts: 4774
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:11 pm
Location: St. Louis, MO


Yes. I got frustrated trying to edit something and just deleted it. Was hitting wrong keys. I'm not my best hot days trying to save martins -- I'm serious. Anyway...I am on FB a lot. It's what you make of it. It does worry me that FB has become so darn powerful, they are essentially in control of a ton of information from all kinds of individuals, organizations. Too much power in one place maybe. I'd hope non-profit groups like the PMCA would not rely entirely on them and encourage use of traditional forums such as this one, and while our martin season is winding down, I hope to post that I've learned about them pixels and posting photos.
Posts: 130
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:27 pm
Location: Holt, Florida

I only use FB when I have to, and only for pm related stuff. On the forum you can find what you need and it's organized. My personal comparison (and I may be wrong) the forum is like a well organized office, FB to me is like you opened the office door and threw all the stuff in. Hope everyone has/had a great pm season, my last fledged yesterday.
2010/2011: 0 / 2012: 8 Pair / 2013: 22 Pair / 2014: 35 Pair / 2015: 39 Pair / 2016: 73 Pair / 2017: 94 Pair
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