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.
Directors at Large/Volunteers
John Balga Website manager/Advisor
Fern Bellevance Lending library
Don Bissonnette Board member at large
Richard Carr Board member at large
Marianne Dyck / Mary Wilson Secretary/Newsletter
Audrey Festeryga Board member at large
Paul Hamel Chairperson
Al Hamill Treasurer
Marieanne Knapp Board member at large
Lyle Papp Vice-chair
Carolyn Recker Good Will Ambassador
Dennis Shady New Member Advisor
“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)
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