DECEMBER 2013 REPORT
I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the gracious donors of our Purple Martin Project. Your contributions will be
very helpful in keeping our skies filled with martins in the summers to come. The success of the Tipton Park and White Oak
Park colonies in 2013 was remarkable. This is especially true of the Tipton colony which was literally started from the ground
up. A colony was quickly established the first year houses were erected and it has been increasingly productive. The
volunteer landlords, Given and Jean Harper, have played a big role in this tremendous success. So, a big thanks to them for
their time and effort! Large numbers of martins could be seen foraging over Tipton Park throughout May, June, and July
visiting their boxes and tending to nestlings.I encourage everybody interested to check out this colony next summer. June is a great time to visit with lots of activity around the houses. Most of our martins are probably well on their way to South America by now if they are not there already. They are thought to spend the entire boreal winter in the Amazon Basin. We eagerly await their return next spring as we plan on establishing a new colony at the BNWRD property on West Washington Street. We can also use funds to expand and improve the existing colonies at White Oak Park and Tipton Park.