Celebrating Purple Martins in South Austin

This past Saturday, over 100 people joined to learn more about the Purple Martin Colony in South Austin managed by Laura Joseph and her corps of volunteers. Volunteers lowered the Purple Martin houses to reveal babies in different stages of development, including the fledglings pictured above. A few words were said in honor of Dr. Gardner Sumner, who was a colony volunteer, neighbor, and friend.

Laura Joseph’s home (pictured below) adjacent to the colony was built in 1875 and is the oldest structure south of the river. It is a Greek Revival Style home with 22-inch thick walls made of stone quarried at Oak Hill. Laura led a tour of her gardens for dozens of guests, filled with stories about the history of some of her unique plants.

Travis Audubon gives a special thanks to Laura and her volunteers for hosting such a lovely event!