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NCPMS meeting 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 11:36 AM by ncpurplemartin

Folks in NC, SC, VA, and surrounding areas: 
NC Purple Martin Society Upcoming Meeting!

This year, our meeting will be Saturday June 2nd at 1:30pm at the home and (large!) martin colony of Debbie J in Clayton (Archer Lodge), NC, zip 27527 in Johnston County. It will be under tents outside (weather permitting) so that we may enjoy seeing the comings and goings of all of the martins there. Refreshments will be provided.

We will be happy to give directions to anyone who wants to come and has not been there before (just send us an email or Facebook message).

Our topics this year will include:
1. Supplemental feeding/emergency feeding and care of adult (and baby) purple martins.
2. Feeding oyster shell and eggshells - when to put out and how to prepare them.
3. Lastly, we will have a sharing time where we will ask attendees to bring one (original) helpful tip they've learned about some aspect of martin care-taking. Newbies or wannabe landlords are the exception: just come prepared to learn!

Regarding #3, if can be something you learned from someone else (be sure to give credit), with preference to tips that are not commonly publicized, and bring the tool, picture or visual aid, showing how to use it, if possible. Plan an alternate tip, so you will have something to share in case someone else shares your tip before it's your turn.

We encourage everyone to make the drive and attend. Please RSVP and let me know if you will be attending so we may plan accordingly. We look forward to meeting the first-timers and to seeing old friends once again.

The NCPMS is affiliated with the PMCA.

PMFD was canceled for 2017

posted May 22, 2017, 1:38 PM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 6:36 AM ]

PMFD canceled for 2017. Please see PMFD website for 2018 information.

NCPMS events for 2017

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:09 AM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 5:04 PM ]

Jan. 26th- Purple martin talk at Cary Senior Center. 9:30am
Feb. 6th- Purple martin talk at lady Slipper Garden Club meeting
March 25th: NCPMS meeting in Holly Springs @ 1:30pm.
April 29th: Blue Songbird Celebration (we'll have a table/info booth) at Blue Jay Point Park in Raleigh
May 4th: Purple martin talk at Bass lake to local NCWF chapter at Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC.

If you would like directions to any location or more info, send us an email on the Contact Us page.

Come see us at Songbird Celebration!

posted Apr 18, 2016, 4:03 PM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 4:04 PM ]

Upcoming event: The NCPMS will once again have a booth at Songbird Celebration this year at Blue Jay Point Park in Raleigh on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. We will be there from 10:30am-3pm. Come talk martins with us!

Next NCPMS Meeting

posted Jun 12, 2015, 2:01 PM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 2:02 PM ]

We will have our next meeting on Saturday August 8th at 2pm at Riverbend Park which is in Catawba County, NC.

One of the staff members there also does hummingbird banding. He will be banding that day from 7:30am-11am. You are welcome to watch him band hummingbirds, then take a lunchbreak, walk around the park,and then come talk martins with us from 2pm-4pm in the afternoon. Make a day of it! More info on the park here:

Our meeting agenda is TBA.

Please send an email via the "Contact Us" link if you would like to attend.

See you there!

Upcoming Events

posted Jan 24, 2015, 11:33 AM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

Upcoming NCPMS events:

-Next meeting: **Saturday March 14th, 2pm**. Location: Courtney's house in Holly
Springs (Wake County). Use the Contact Us link to ask for directions. Agenda: TBA but
will include a section on house sparrow and starling
control/competition. Come out for friendly fellowship, snacks, and
plenty of martin talk! Newbies also welcome!

-Saturday April 25th 10am-3pm, Blue Jay Point Park in Raleigh - the
NCPMS will have a booth set up to talk to parents and children about
martins and their conservation. Come out and see us!

Refurbished wooden martin house for sale- $35.00

posted Aug 4, 2014, 11:18 AM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 11:31 AM ]

Jan 2015 - still available: A few months ago, a wooden martin house was donated to NCPMS.  It is now being offered for sale for $35.00 after being refurbished and updated. We are only asking for the cost of the materials to update it.  Use the Contact Us link to inquire. Note: this is a heavy house. Winch and cable system is recommended.

House info:
  • 4 Enlarged compartments (2 on each side), Approximately 5.8"x10.5" (old compartments were 5"x5")
  • House modified to raise and lower on a 2" round steel pole with winch/cable
  • Optional 10' pole and ground stake provided (free) or you can provide something taller (recommended height is 10-20 ft.).
  • Staggered entry to reduce porch domination issues, with starling-resistant entrance holes and porches
  • Removable subfloors and drainage/ventilation features
  • Access to each compartment for nestchecks and cleanouts via access caps on side of house
  • Thick, sturdy, insulating wood, painted with white elastomeric paint
  • Sturdy enough to add an L bracket to the bottom sides of the house and hang gourds.
  • Easy to add perching rods/dowels to porch area
  • Roof and house sections are still removable for maintenance at season end
If you do not currently have an active colony site, you may increase your chances of establishing nesting martins by adding gourds below this house as suggested above. Keep all other bird species out of martin housing!

Photos are below (click to enlarge):

Banding at University Club

posted Jun 10, 2014, 5:42 AM by ncpurplemartin

We will be banding martins out at University Club in Raleigh this Friday
June 13th from 1:30pm-4pm. Come out and join us if you are able to do so!

News and Observer does a story on the University Club colony

posted May 25, 2014, 8:33 AM by ncpurplemartin

We had a reporter out from the N&O a week ago, and he did a story on the University Club colony in Raleigh! It was on the front page of the Home and Garden section, dated May 24th. We hope it will raise awareness of purple martins. We have not seen a link for the story online, but here is a video that the reporter did as well:

Thanks to John Miller at the PMCA for making this happen!

Next NCPMS Meeting - August 2

posted May 24, 2014, 6:34 AM by ncpurplemartin

Our next NCPMS meeting will be at Riverbend Park in Catawba County on Saturday August 2nd at 1pm. Anyone is welcome to attend but we especially encourage those in the central/western part of the state to come - it would be great to meet all of you!

Bring pics of your colony site, even if you don't have martins yet!

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