The National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Class of Fall 2016 had a class day at the Hornsby Center for Environmental Research on Saturday, October 1. First they went on a short field trip to look at birds in various habitats, on a walk co-led by Travis Audubon volunteers Cinda Crossley and Jane Tillman. Then they attended morning talks on backyard birds and ecology from the ground up by Jane Tillman and Dr. Kevin Anderson. After that they learned how to maintain a Chimney Swift tower from fellow Habitat Steward Julia Heskett Last but not least, the Stewards threw themselves into the task of helping Purple Martin landlords Andy and Julia Balinsky clean the Purple Martin gourds to get them ready for next Spring.
The Balinskys and Julia Heskett are dedicated Purple Martin landlords. They can’t wait until early spring when the Purple Martins will come back for another nesting season.
Feedback from the Stewards about the experience was positive. One new Steward said he was planning to educate all his friends about Purple Martins.
If you want to learn more about Purple Martins, including how to start and maintain a colony, sign up for the next Purple Martin class. It will take place February 11, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Register here!