Monthly Archives: December 2017

Support the Purple Martin Conservation Association

Another year has come and gone. The New Year is a time to reflect on the events that have come to pass as well as to contemplate the year ahead. A hearty welcome is extended to Joe Siegrist, the President & CEO of The Purple Martin Conservation Association. He replaces Ellen Brockwell in this executive position. We thank Ellen for her dedicated service and communication with our Association. Through her goodwill  the Ontario Purple Martin Association was showcased in their Winter, 2017 update.

Brazil has become the area  where habitat, roosts and Purple Martin habits are being studied extensively to determine martin wintering grounds  loss and declining numbers. Dr. Kevin Fraser and Joe Siegrist have banded and deployed geo-locators on Purple Martins and followed up their location in the Amazon.

Why is this group so interested in Purple Martins? And why are we? All of us are reaching out for more answers. They don’t nest in Brazil so why would they fly there, spend so little time, and come back?   The Martins continue to amaze even there in South America.

Many Clubs have now formed in the U.S. and Canada to learn more about the purple martin and to promote best practices in retaining their declining numbers. The Purple Martin Conservation Association has taken the lead in purple martin research and information. The Ontario Purple Martin Association  continues to support  the Association through its donations.

The PMCA is a non-profit group that is supported by memberships. It publishes a QUARTERLY magazine called “The Purple Martin Update.” consisting of  30 glossy colorful pages. Members may write in and share their purple martin experiences.   Banding, research, migration routes and other topics are reported and landlord letters are answered in its publication.  A yearly catalogue full of Purple Martin accessories is published annually and online availability is provided.   Educational material for clubs is provided free of charge. Canadian membership for the Update magazine is $35.00 in U.S. Funds.

The PMCA would like to extend an offer for a FREE six month membership to all of  the OPMA members. The OPMA can really help them with all the research that they’ve been doing for 26 years. Most recently the PMCA sent out a research survey to all of its members and the information is provided in another post.  To redeem the free offer, call them at 814-833-7656 and let the staffer know that you are calling about a free six month membership for the Update magazine. If you prefer you can email Joe Siegrist at with your name, address, phone number and he can enter your 6 month free membership. Their mailing address is Purple Martin Conservation Association. Tom Ridge, Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Ste 6, Erie, P.A. 16505. Phone (814) 833-7656, Fax (814) 833-2451. Email  Once you see this magazine I’m sure you’ll renew and become a full time member of the association.


PMCA Needs Our Help-Pass it on!

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PMCA Scout Arrival Study
The PMCA Needs Your Help! 

We’re conducting a survey of all martin enthusiasts, whether you’re a landlord or not.  A better understanding of what makes a martin fan tick will help the PMCA to find more individuals to help us “ensure the future of Purple Martins”.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete, but the information you provide will help conserve martins for years to come!

To complete the survey please visit  If you’ve already sent in the paper copy you received in our recent correspondence we thank you.  The more people we hear from, the better we’re able to serve you, and the martins!  Please share this survey with your friends and to any martin groups that you participate in.  Here’s looking to a very successful 2018 martin season!

Purple Martins will be here soon!  Check the PMCA’s Scout-Arrival Study to see when the first arrival happens.
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Colchester Park Martin House Post Is Installed-Come on Spring!

Nathan Hamilton and Bruce Martin from the town of Essex were busy installing the pole on Wednesday, December 20,2017 for the new T-14 martin house which will be completed  in March of 2018 just before the martins arrive. Thank you for doing a great job at Colchester Park! The purple martins will have 14 more new compartments to occupy.

Purple Martin Conservation Association Offers tips for 2018

If you need a refresher about how to get ready for 2018’s purple martin season, the PMCA has some tips for getting ready. It’s always a good idea to review and refine our knowledge base about proper maintenance and upkeep of our colonies…….Read more…….

Scout Report 2018

It won’t be long and the martins will be arriving on the southern shore of the USA. The PMCA has posted the link for submitting the 2018 scout arrival dates. The journey is already beginning for these martins as they prepare  by eating numerous insects in the rainforests of South America. The earliest report for 2017 was from Cape Coral, Florida on December 24…….

More information about their travels can be found at :

PMCA ‘s Scout Arrival 2018