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- Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
- Location: Iowa / Nevada
- Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.
So, what makes up the intricacies of a purple martin landlord ? Well, patience is probably the number one quality a martineer. An ability to slow down and smell the roses is a must when deep into the hobby of martins. Having a willingness and enjoy taking care of another species; you could say a good sense of altruism. A master of detail in the way of making sure all is good for the martins arrival in the spring and all is nice and tidy when the end of the season comes around. A sense of accomplishment and ones ability to say to yourself, "job well done". A people person comes to mind when describing a martin landlord. This hobby is not just about your colony, but also the colony of like minded martin landlords that love chatting about everything martin. Apathy, when one of your colonies members passes away.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.