See below for the latest news from NCPMS.

The NCPMS as a 501c3

posted Feb 8, 2021, 1:19 PM by ncpurplemartin

Big news - The NCPMS is in the process of becoming an official registered 501c3! While the NCPMS has been happy to help support and encourage individual martin landlords across the state (and will continue to do so), we also want to boost our efforts into establishing and maintaining public martin sites, as well as to reach out more effectively to the general public about martins. With this in mind, I am excited to announce that we are moving forward with getting the NCPMS officially established as a 501c3 non-profit organization in NC! I am working on some paperwork with the fed and state, and if you've ever done this sort of thing before, you know it doesn't all happen overnight. As soon as everything is finalized, the website will be getting some new features added to it showing our new status as well as new ways to get involved!

2020 Meeting

posted Feb 19, 2020, 1:43 PM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated May 30, 2020, 5:52 PM ]

The NCPMS will be having our next meeting on Saturday, June 6th, on Zoom. We will be covering how to troubleshoot problems in a martin colony.
If you are interested in attending, please send us an email. 
A note about our meetings:
-There is no admission fee, and no fee (at this time) to join our group. All donations go towards maintaining our public martin sites and to pay for public educational presentation expenses. Everyone is invited to attend, regardless of your level of martin experience!

Live Purple Martin nestcam from Erie, PA

posted Jun 19, 2019, 2:45 PM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Jun 19, 2019, 2:46 PM ]

This ASY pair has 7 eggs, as of 6/19/2019. See them on live streaming camera, here!

Purple Martin Banding and VA PM Field Day

posted Jun 14, 2019, 9:33 AM by ncpurplemartin   [ updated Jun 14, 2019, 9:34 AM ]

Two announcements of two purple martin events happening on the same day! 

We'll be having an 'Open House' purple martin banding event (with our federally-licensed bander) on Saturday June 22nd, starting at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh. We'll be banding young martins from the nest that are of appropriate size. We may go from there to University Club afterwards. Time: 9:00am. Save the date and plan to join us!

Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Google map location:

University Club:
25th Annual Purple Martin Field Day
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time: Presentations begin at 11:00 a.m. (Please arrive before 11:00 a.m.)

Location: A private farm in Louisa County, VA (central VA, about 60 miles NW of Richmond) 

How do you attract Purple Martins? Lance Wood and several other presenters will teach you how to GET martins, attract MORE martins (if you already have some), and manage them properly so you won’t LOSE them. Which martin housing is the safest?—Gourds or Houses? Do martins in Virginia LIKE gourds or houses better? Will martins eat all my MOSQUITOES? Come and find out!!! At this event on the farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son, Purple Martin expert Lance Wood, you will learn the habitat martins require, and how to protect birds from snakes, hawks, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind damage, and lightning. You’ll see a spectacular martin colony that has grown from 4 martin pairs in 1992 to over 130 pairs! This kind of growth happens only with proper equipment, knowledge of the best management techniques, and hard work by Purple Martin caretakers known as “landlords.” And YOU can learn how to do it all! FREE!

The program begins at 11:00 a.m. Bring your lunch to eat while you listen to presentations, enjoying watching hundreds of Purple Martins soaring and feeding their nestlings! After the main program, you can buy gourds/seeds, and learn to grow gourds and modify them to create safe, long-lasting Purple Martin homes. You will receive free literature on martin attraction and management, and catalogs for high-quality martin equipment! Events end by 3:00 p.m. 
Come and join the fun!

No registration. Event is FREE, but donations are appreciated to help cover expenses.

BRING: Lawn chairs, shoes for wet grass, binoculars, notepad, bag lunch/drink, and camera. 
Please do not bring pets—we’ll share ours with you!



(Refresh web page often; if rain is predicted, we may need to cancel or post special instructions.)

Questions? Call Kathy at (434) 222-1831 (leave name, ph. #) 

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!

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