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.

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 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

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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.




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