26th ANNUAL
PURPLE MARTIN FIELD DAY

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Main presentation begins at 11:00a.m. ET
Please arrive before 11:00a.m.
Scheduled activities end by 3:00p.m.

Location: Louisa County, VA
(between Richmond and Charlottesville)

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HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:

To protect our guests and all who attend the Field Day from possible COVID-19 infection, we request that all who attend this event be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, and be fully vaccinated by two weeks prior to the event. We also ask that those in attendance wear face masks and practice social distancing as much as possible, especially when moving about and interacting with others. Everyone who attends this event is fully responsible for protecting his or her own health, and assumes full legal liability for doing so. The event organizers and hosts disclaim any liability or responsibility in case any person in attendance experiences any injury during the event or develops any illness afterwards. Please do not come to the Field Day if you feel ill, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or any contagious disease, or been exposed to someone who was ill.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PROTECT EVERYONE!

Photo by Kathy Laine
Photo by Kathy Laine

This Field Day will be held at the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son, Mr. Lance Wood. Establishing and maintaining a healthy Purple Martin colony can be difficult; see the most effective techniques and equipment available for successful martin attraction and management, and learn how to increase the size of an existing colony. The Wood family has expanded their colony from four pairs of Purple Martins in 1992 to more than 100 nesting pairs!


The 11:00am program by Mr. Lance Wood and other speakers will cover these topics:
  • How to establish and increase a colony of Purple Martins
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different types of martin housing
  • Protecting martins from snakes, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage, lightning, etc.
  • Adding starling-resistant entrance holes to martin gourds and houses
After the main presentations, you can buy gourds/seeds and hear a presentation on how to grow and process natural gourds for Purple Martin nesting.


Educational displays at Field Day (photo by Kathy Laine)

See video of the birds at their gourd nests.

Enjoy watching hundreds of these beautiful birds soaring and feeding their young while the instructor teaches!

No registration. Event is FREE, but donations will be appreciated to help cover expenses.

Bring: Lawn chairs, binoculars, camera, notepad, bag lunch/drink, rain gear, and shoes for walking in wet grass. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PETS.

For more information, please call Kathy at (434) 222-1831 (leave voicemail)

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If you have questions about Purple Martins, please contact the PMCA at:
Purple Martin Conservation Association
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 6
Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-7656
www.purplemartin.org

For other bird, wildlife and nature resources visit our LINKS page.