We have tried to make this site as useful, accurate, and informative as possible, because we want others to create their own Purple Martin site, and enjoy and learn from these birds as we have.

  • The web site was written specifically for beginning or novice bird enthusiasts who are motivated to learn more about birds as living, reproducing organisms.  However, we suspect experienced birders will learn a thing or two here as well.
  • This web site is also meant to be a resource for teachers and parents searching for ways to help children and adults make real and lasting connections with the natural world.
  • While there are other ways to pursue these goals, we believe management for and systematic field observation of one highly visible and approachable species offers a comprehensive and natural set of learning experiences, and we also believe that much of what a person learns studying one species can be applied to other birds.
  • We are convinced that Purple Martins are the perfect birds for this task, and that creating nest boxes will be an ideal setting for this type of learning.
  • Our goal is to constantly improve this web site.  Your input can help.  Please contact us regarding any questions, opinions, or corrections you have concerning the site’s content , or if you simply want to chat about Purple Martins.
  • We are extremely grateful to those of you who have already shared your experiences and photographs.  You have helped create a more comprehensive and
    instructive web site, and we look forward to your future contributions.
  • So if you do want to learn more about birds, we think this web site can help you on your journey of exploration, and remember, if you decide to create a Purple Martin nest box site of your own we’ll be here to help, from start to finish.

Below you will find more information about our organization and how you may wish to engage your family in our club/association to make connections with those who manage Purple Martins already.

The  OPMA is a non-profit  organization of purple martin landlords who are uniquely interested in preserving the Purple Martin for future generations.

The Ontario Purple Martin Association is proudly committed to advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Purple martins and their habitats.  Ontario purple martins are in decline according to the most recent birding atlas survey. They can no longer be taken for granted. Please view our website and discover the basic facts for maintaining or attracting martins to your backyard . After viewing the material on our website you will be better able to understand the biology of the swallow called the Purple Martin and see what is being done throughout North America to preserve the species.  Refer to the tabs at the top of the website and don’t forget to use the cascading feature for more information.

The objectives of the Ontario  Purple Martin Association are  to encourage interest and improvement in the Purple Martin Species by:

  • holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of ornithology as it relates to the PUMA;
  • promoting enthusiasm and appreciation of purple martins in the local community and throughout Ontario;
  • encouraging the installation and management of Purple Martin housing, with the aim of increasing nesting accommodations and successful breeding of purple martins throughout their nesting range in Ontario;
  • arranging field trips, workshops, and displays;
  • assist new and existing purple martin landlords by providing advice, guidance and education to improve the success of their sites;
  • monitor population trends from year to year by surveying the number of fledged young from  purple martin houses and reported by Ontario landlords and association members.

OPMA Brochure REV.

 Directors at Large/Volunteers

John Balga                                   Website manager/Advisor

Fern Bellevance                            Lending library

Richard Carr                                   Vice-chair

Audrey Festeryga                           Board member at large

Paul Hamel                                       Chairperson

Al Hamill                                            Treasurer

Marieanne Knapp                            Board member at large

Carolyn Recker                                Good Will Ambassador

Dennis Shady                                   New Member Advisor

 Mary Wilson                                    Secretary/Newsletter

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

Please note:  The use of trade names or comparisons in this site is solely for the purpose of providing specific information about purple martins.    This is not a guarantee, warranty or endorsement of any of the products or the companies named and does not signify that they are approved to the exclusion of others.