Jan. 26th- Purple martin talk at Cary Senior Center. 9:30am
Feb. 6th- Purple martin talk at lady Slipper Garden Club meeting. 7pm. Medfield Estates subdivision. Email us for more info/directions.
The next meeting of the NCPMS will be Saturday, March 25th at 1:30pm in Holly Springs, (Wake Co) NC at my house.
Topics will include the following:
-What's in your Nest Check bag: How to make the process efficient.
-All About Project MartinWatch: How to participate and submit your data
-Hawk caging: protecting your martins from hawks and owls, or
-Getting your neighbors involved with martins
If you have never been to one of our meetings in Holly Springs and would like directions to the location, send us an email on the Contact Us page.
Please email if you're planning on attending so we can plan accordingly! I hope to see many of you there! Newcomers are always welcome!
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!
We will have our next meeting on Saturday August 8th at 2pm at Riverbend Park which is in Catawba County, NC.See you there!
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: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/parks/riverbend.asp
Our meeting agenda is TBA.
Please send an email via the "Contact Us" link if you would like to attend.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!
NCPMS is pleased to announce that the process of putting up new martin housing at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs is nearly complete. This site previously had martins but the old gourd rack was deemed unusable and was in poor condition. Funds were raised to put up a new gourd rack. This will be the latest public site the NCPMS will be managing in an effort to help educate the public about purple martins and to encourage the conservation of the species. Thank you to everyone who donated money and materials to this project!
The next meeting of the NCPMS will be on Saturday Feb 1 at 2pm in Archer Lodge (near Clayton, NC in Johnston County). We will be getting SC geolocator updates from wildlife biologist Julie Hovis, hearing about the Richmond, VA roost from Kathy Laine, and will get updates on the Sugg Farm martin project in Holly Springs, NC. Other topics may come up as well. If you are planning on coming and have questions or other topics you wish to discuss, please feel free to do so after our speakers have presented their topics. We welcome new folks!
Please use the Contact Us link to let us know you'd like to attend and need directions.
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