Wanted Trio aluminum/gourd martin houses or gourd racks for new sites
Do you have a purple martin house/a plastic gourd rack or gourds that you no longer use or need? Contact the OPMA! We are hoping to add other purple martin systems to future locations to provide housing where there are no martins. This is only one way to provide habitat sites for this diminishing species.
Thank you Sue Dobbin, Niagara Falls for donating the gourd martin system to the project! The martins are really liking the new horizontal gourds.
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When You Do not Want to Host Purple Martins Anymore-What to do?
Some of us have been hosting martins for decades and there comes a time when we can no longer take care of them like we used to or we have so much purple martin equipment that we want to remove some. There are a few tips below to guide you for keeping what you have and adjusting your approach or if you really can’t handle the equipment any longer.
Tips and suggestions:
- Ask your immediate family, son, daughter, grandchildren to assist you with the seasonal requirements of a martin colony.
- Hire a young person to help you put up and take down your equipment or ask for help from a local high school. Students require community service hours to complete their studies.
- Call the OPMA for some advice or suggestions.
- Before selling everything, call the OPMA to see if they have any leads before advertising in the local classifieds. They often alert their membership as to who have items for sale. There are always new landlords looking for purple martin equipment.
- Perhaps you would like to donate some of the equipment to a community site and need further direction. In that case contact the OPMA.
If none of these suit your favor, check out this article on the PMCA site by John Barrow about leaving a legacy behind.