May 17, 2013
If you're an avid bird watcher or just love nature, there's a rare chance for you to peer into the nests of Presque Isle's Purple Martin birds.
You may have seen the purple martins flying around their bird houses along Presque Isle, especially at the Rotary Pavilion.
The bird is almost entirely black but in the sunlight, there's a purple sheen to them.
The international headquarters for
the Purple Martin Conservation Association is located at the
Environmental educators are working with PMCA doing research and data collection and monitoring the birds. The purple martin is easy to find and relies mainly on manmade structures and bird houses. They're constantly flying around the houses and are already popular with people who are visiting the park.
There are several chances coming up
to observe the nests being lowered and data being collected. The field
biologist will count the number of eggs, the number of active nests, and will
eventually band the nestlings to track their movements when they migrate and
eventually return to Presque Isle. Some that have been tracked have come from
as far away as
You're encouraged to see the
hands-on biology and the research involved. If you'd like to see the purple
martin nestlings up close and interact with researchers, the first opportunity
is May 29th at at the Rotary Pavilion, and at at the West Pier.