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Old 04-19-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Purple Martins have returned, too

There were a few at the colony site on Easter. I took this shot yesterday.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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How many sites do you monitor?
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:26 PM   #3
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I maintain one colony about 40 miles away from home. I live in a "dry" area of Michigan when it comes to Purple Martins. The last few colonies in my area dried up in the past couple of decades. Getting them reestablished is seemingly impossible. I live north of Lansing in the middle of the red dots on the maps here:

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What is going on in the area that getting the colonies re-established is next to impossible? Too much development wiping out the grasses and forbs that support the insects they depend on? West Niles? English house sparrows killing them off?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:22 PM   #5
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We saw these at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge southeast of Rochester today and a pair of Tree Swallows were happy to find a home too.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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What is going on in the area that getting the colonies re-established is next to impossible? Too much development wiping out the grasses and forbs that support the insects they depend on? West Niles? English house sparrows killing them off?
I've asked myself that question a million times. I believe that the answer is apathy. It takes a lot of work to control house sparrows, provide separate housing for tree swallows and bluebirds, monitor housing for parasites . . . I believe that Playstations, Facebook and dirt bikes are responsible for the loss of purple martins in my area. We have proof in Michigan that a purple martin colony can be started in near proximity to an existing colony. If I could start a colony anywhere in the state and patent the method I could retire today. Food and housing is available in my area of Michigan. Michigan has plenty of purple martins in specific areas. Returning martins to areas of the state where they have been lost seems to be like trying to bring back the Dodo. This is happening on a much larger scale in the northeast states.
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Oooooooo Thanks for reminding me. I have to put my house back up before I leave on a two week adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!
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"I believe that Playstations, Facebook and dirt bikes are responsible for the loss of purple martins in my area." I understand. It's a shame so many parents don't get their kids off the computers to explore the real world. There's much out there to explore. It will be their world some day and they do need to learn how to take care of it.
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Oooooooo Thanks for reminding me. I have to put my house back up before I leave on a two week adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where are you located? Do you have an active colony?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:16 AM   #10
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havalotta is in the Upper Peninsula. She left this morning for holiday to Utah.
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