Purple Martin Field Day

Establishing and maintaining a healthy Purple Martin colony can be difficult. Purple Martin aficionados Merle Wood and her son Lance offer this 17th annual Field Day at their farm for folks who want to see the most effective techniques and equipment available for successful martin attraction and management and learn how to increase the size of an existing colony. The Wood family has expanded their colony from four pairs of Purple Martins in 1992 to more than 130 nesting pairs today. The event includes a 10am lecture by Lance Wood on establishing and protecting a Purple Martin colony; a nest box trail tour to view bluebirds, tree swallows, kestrels, and barn owls; and there will be lots of opportunities to watch hundreds of these beautiful birds soaring and feeding their young. No registration. Bring lawn chairs, binoculars, notepad, camera, and lunch (feel free to eat on the grounds). Drinks and snacks provided. The hosts request that guests do not bring pets. For more information, call (434) 962-8232 or email. Directions from Charlottesville: take I-64 east to exit 136 (Zion Crossroads), left on Rt. 15 north, about 3.7 miles, turn right onto E. Jack Jouett Rd. (Rte. 640), and follow the MARTINS signs to the Field Day site.