The Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas held the 3rd Annual Outdoor Purple Martin Festival Saturday at Lincoln Drive Park. The goal of the event was to teach those interested in observing and housing purple martins about the proper techniques for creating the most livable habitats for the birds, including attracting a colony, controlling other predatory birds, and keeping their houses clean and safe.
Perry Vogel, president and co-founder of the Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas, led the event, and took the group to one of the two local conservation sites that he has put in place at the Greenway just outside the park. Also presenting was Paul Mammenga, a waterfowl biologist with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Mammenga talked about his efforts to help map the migration patters of purple martins using geolocation devices.
The non-profit organization promotes purple martin education, research and conservation all over North and South Dakota, and serves members from the Dakotas, as well as Minnesota, Nebraska and Canada. Through donations and grants the organization works to create and maintain conservation areas in the Dakotas and provide funding for purple martin research including GPS tracking. For more information on the Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas, visit www.purplemartindakotas.org
or call (218) 791-3689