OPMA First Meeting of 2019

Hello Purple Martin People!

The Ontario Purple Martin Association’s first meeting of 2019 will be: 

Saturday, February 16 (9:00 am)   

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Ruthven …. (Willow Room)   

  …… We are pleased to have our member Susan Carr, of Walpole Island Purple Martin Project, as our speaker.   She will be making a presentation about the discovery and viewing of a very significant Purple Martin Roost in the Walpole Island area.    This is an amazing event to learn about!   

…… The PURPLE WAVE is on the move!    As of February 1st, 111 “Scout reports” have been submitted, with the most northern ones in Mississippi and Georgia.   The first one was reported on December 29, 2018 in Clermont, Florida.    And after experiencing this recent frigid cold spell, doesn’t it seem unbelievable that the first arrivals in SW Ontario are only about 8 weeks away?

…… Our local resource for Purple Martin equipment will be submitting a bulk order at the end of February.    (Ordering everything together reduces shipping costs for all.)    So, if you’re considering anything you might need, please keep that deadline in mind.    You can reach Brian at the Harrow Feed Store at 519-738-2261.   And you can visit the websites of his suppliers to see their product lines:

–         ERVA MANUFACTURING https://naturehouseinc.com/   

–         TROYER’S BIRDS’ PARADISE PRODUCTS  http://www.gourdnest.com/all-products.html    

…… Our Treasurer takes annual dues ($20) at our February meeting.    Members who are unable to attend still have until the April meeting to pay their yearly dues and stay on our email list for meeting notifications and newsletters. 

……. At our APRIL meeting, we will be doing 2 draws.    All members who have paid their 2019 membership fee by the April meeting date will be eligible for both these draws.    Members don’t have to be present to win. 

     * A draw for a one-year membership to the PMCA (paid for by the OPMA).  Membership provides discounts for purchases from the PMCA online shop, as well as 4 issues of the beautiful Purple Martin Update magazine.    Winner will receive an immediate membership to the PMCA if he/she is not already a PMCA member, OR will receive a membership for the following year if he/she is already a PMCA member. 

     *  A draw for a 1-year membership to the OPMA (membership fee waived).   The winning member will receive free membership for 2020.

We look forward to seeing everyone on February 16th!

Mary Wilson