Purple Martins of Plum Island

The Purple Martin gourds are up, & there are scouts just to our south.

Purple Martin by Margo Goetschkes

 There still is an opportunity to adopt one or more Purple Martin gourds for the 2014 breeding season. These birds at Plum Island have been studied and monitored for years. Adoption fees are $40/gourd. With each adoption of a Purple Martin gourd for the 2014 breeding season, you will receive:

  • A photo of your gourd,
  • As the season progresses, updates on breeding biology at the colony ~ nest building, egg laying, hatching and fledgling activities via email,
  • A final tally of the colony's reproductive success,
  • An invitation to renew your adoption the following year.

Your adoption allows you to:

  • Partake in a scheduled round of nest checks with a Purple Martin landlord,
  • Know that you are helping provide housing for this human-dependent songbird.

Please make your check out to Friends of Parker River and mail your adoption fee to Sue McGrath, 44 Moulton St., Newburyport, MA, 01950. 
The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of the natural resources of the Refuge and fostering public understanding and appreciation of the Refuge.

Good birding,