Monthly Archives: June 2018

Nano Tags, HBMO, OPMA, Nature Canada, University of Manitoba

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, Ontario Purple Martin Association and Staff of Nature Canada: Broderick (Brodie) Badcock-Parks, Ted Cheskey and Dr. Kevin Fraser from The University of Manitoba intend to deploy Motus tags on five Purple Martins families at Holiday Beach Conservation Area next Saturday (July 7th, 2018) evening and next Sunday (July 8th) throughout the day. Similar to GPS and geo-locator devices, the birds wear the nano-tags (radio-tracking device) like a small backpack. Each nano-tag is programmed to emit a unique radio signal every 10 seconds which can be detected up to 15 km away from Motus towers or receiving stations. Each time a tagged bird comes within contact of a receiver, it records the signal to document their comings and goings. The nano-tags weigh  just 0.67g and they do not need to be recovered in order to access the data.

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) is a coordinated network of radio-telemetry arrays managed under a common database that facilitates tracking movements and behaviours of small organisms at local, regional, or even hemispheric scales.

Motus is a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with collaborating researchers and organizations.

Find out more about this tracking system by pasting the url in your browser.

https://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/tiny-transmitters-tracking-birds-north-south-america

 

Dear Friends of Purple Martins

Dear Friends of Purple Martins and the PMCA,

Our Purple Martin NestCam season has had a rocky start, losing parents and eggs to predators on multiple attempts.  But we’re soooo close to a hatch on our latest attempt!  The eggs are scheduled to hatch this Sunday July 1st.  But, there’s a possibility that things start a little early so you’d better start watching Saturday June 30th.

Please help the PMCA to reach a wider audience and to build support for Purple Martin conservation by sharing the live video feed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=any61aLAtc0 via your personal and organizational social media feeds and through any related email lists that you are a part of.  We want as many people as possible to witness the event and be inspired to help.  Last year’s stream was a great success thanks to you, reaching over 2.5 Million Views!  We’d love to beat that this year and need your help!

Together, let’s reach a new, younger audience with an awareness of the Purple Martin’s story.

Sincerely,

Joe Siegrist, President/CEO

Purple Martin Conservation Association

Next OPMA Meeting

Hello Purple Martin People !
Hello Purple Martin People !
 The next meeting of the Ontario Purple Martin Association is on Saturday June 23rd at 10:00 am at the home of our members Henry & Elaine Wolting.     Shelter is available should the weather force us indoors – so this is RAIN or SHINE !!!!
See Directions below!
20924 Harwich Road, Blenheim
 Henry’s cell phone is 519-809-1094; Elaine’s is 519-809-1206.    Call if you need help.
Henry & Elaine have a wonderful site and some unique custom-made Purple Martin Houses.
As of June 8th, they reported 61 active nests and 271 eggs, so it is certain there will be a ton of activity to watch and enjoy!
This meeting is our potluck / BBQ and is a great social get-together for fellowship and talking about our favourite winged creature.    To contribute to the potluck table, we would appreciate you bringing a salad, side dish, or dessert – all else will be provided.
And remember to bring your lawn chairs!
Thank you to Henry & Elaine for being our hosts for this event !
We hope to see you there !!!!!
Mary Wilson
519-326-1710
Blue is the route to our house taking Middle Line (old 98) through Charing Cross, Merlin, south of Tilbury, etc.    So Middle Line, left on Allison Road, and then left on Harwich Road and in 3 km you are here.
Black is the route using the 401.   Take exit 90, turn north (right I think), on Hwy 40, and go about 1 km.    At the lights turn right on Pinehurst Line and go about 7 km to Harwich Road.   Turn right on Harwich Road, 3 km more and you’re here.    
Red is taking Hwy 3, through Blenheim.   There’s a detour around downtown because of the annual car show, so turn right at the lights and go about 100 meters.    Turn left at the Petro Canada gas station.   Go 100 meters to the lights, turn right at the lights and in about 2 km is Harwich Road.   Turn left after the cemetery on Harwich Road … about 4.5 km more and you’re here. 

Joe Siegrist-PMCA Needs Our Help

The PMCA needs your help with outreach!

Dear Friends of Purple Martins and the PMCA,

We need your help to for the PMCA to reach a wider audience and to build support for Purple Martin conservation.  We are currently streaming a live video feed at one of our nests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=any61aLAtc0  .  It would be a great help to our organization if you could share this address via your personal and organizational social media feeds.  The eggs are on track to hatch on the 18th and we want as many people as possible to witness the event and be inspired to help  Last year’s stream was a great success thanks to you, reaching over 2.5 Million Views!  We’d love to beat that this year and need your help!

Together, let’s reach a new, younger audience with an awareness of the Purple Martin’s story.

Sincerely,

Joe Siegrist, President/CEO

Purple Martin Conservation Association

Together, let’s reach a new, younger audience with an awareness of the Purple Martin’s story.

Spring Songbird Eggs..what’s the difference

Which species of songbird matches the egg photos? Take a guess and then look at the answers after the photographs.

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3

 

4

 Answers:

Number 1: Purple Martin

Number 2:Purple Martin

Number 3: Eastern Bluebird

Number 4: Tree Swallow

Did you guess correctly? Congratulations!