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Purple Martin Workshop
February 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Remember the birds roosting at Capital Plaza last summer? Come learn about what the Purple Martins do the rest of the year. Do you want to know more about Purple Martins, how to set up a colony, and be a Purple Martin landlord? Are you an existing landlord, wanting to meet other Martin aficionados and learn tips? Have you always wanted to be a citizen scientist, gathering useful data that can help Martin conservation efforts? If so, this class is for you.
The first Purple Martins typically arrive in Austin at the end of January, so this class will give you information you can put to use right away, either at your own colony or observing Martins at Hornsby Bend or any other existing colony. We will focus on the life cycle of Purple Martins and how you can participate as a Purple Martin landlord or helper. You will learn the maintenance routine recommended by the Purple Martin Conservation Association and how to record and send in nesting data compiled nationally. We will also include hands-on nest preparation at the Hornsby Bend colony.
Class participants are invited to participate through mid-June as helpers and observers as the class teachers maintain and record the 2016 Purple Martin season at Hornsby Bend. Later in the summer, we will invite class members to join us in educating others at the giant Purple Martin roost.
The class will meet in Southeast Austin on Saturday, February 6 from 1-4 pm. Participants should bring a pen & paper for taking notes. We will provide data gathering forms and an electronic Excel version for those interested. Snacks will be provided.
For additional information and to register, visit http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/class-purple-martin-workshop
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