Purple martin workshop set for March 29
A workshop/seminar on attracting purple martins will be held at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center (1005 Nutmeg Ave.) 1.8 miles north of Kalona, and one mile east off Highway 1.
Morning speakers include:
Jim Kessler (Grinnell) - Retired biology teacher, landowner, beekeeper and a frequent speaker, will talk on: "Why Native Plants Matter to Songbirds, Pollinators, and People." If you want to learn more about native plants, don't miss this.
Merlin Lehman (Middlebury, Ind.) - Experienced birder and bluebird enthusiast, and columnist for "Feathers and Friends" magazine, Lehman will speak on: "Bluebirds: We Brought Them Back, But They Still Need Our Help."
Mike Havlik (Boone) - Naturalist and environmental educator with the Des Moines YMCA Camp, Havlik will give an informative (and really entertaining!) presentation on Iowa owls.
The afternoon martin program will feature Andrew Troyer (Conneautville, Pa.) speaking on "Getting to Know and Care for the Purple Martin." Troyer is one of North America's leading purple martin authorities. He is a longtime martin landlord, housing-design innovator, and owner of Troyer's Birds Paradise.
A panel of experts will then answer questions, followed by door prizes and an auction.
A well-maintained martin colony brings joy to any neighborhood. Establishing a new colony is now a realistic possibility for many people. Anyone wanting to start or re-establish a Purple martin colony, or in need of assistance in maintaining a colony, will benefit from attending this program.
There will be a registration fee (ages 10 and under free). Lunch will be available at the site.
For more information, please contact: Evan Gingerich, 2282 Johnson-Washington Rd. SW, Kalona, IA 52247 at 319-656-3629 (voice mail) or Jim Walters at 319-466-1134.