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Western Purple Martin Foundation

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Dedicated  to the recovery and conservation of Western Purple Martin
populations on the West Coast of North America



Latest News

  2016 BC Purple Martin Breeding Season 
(Jan 2017)
  • Although the first Purple Martins arrived early during a period of warm sunny weather at the end of March, 2016 was not their best year.
  • Periods of cool, wet weather in both June and July resulted in losses of both parent birds and nestlings due to lack of flying insects for food.
  • By the end of the season,  ~1200 pairs had successfully raised ~2900 young.  By comparison, in 2015, 1100 pairs raised 3800 young during a summer with warm sunny weather and a plentiful supply of flying insects.
  • A total of 1755 young were banded.
  • A total of 95+ colony sites (up from 90 last year) were occupied this year and martins continued to nest at freshwater sites, as well as in Bamfield and at sites north of Campbell River.
  • By the end of July and early August, many Purple Martins had started their fall migration to South America.
  • Purple Martins are now enjoying their winter in South America where the temperature is a balmy 20 C.

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Contact Information:

5331 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo BC
V9T 5M9

Phone/Fax: 1-250-758-2922
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Page last modified 21 Jan 2017