Conservation Commission Welcomes New Avian Neighbors

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Jan 142020

The Orange Conservation Commission will be constructing an array of Purple Martin Nesting Gourds this Spring at the Ewen Preserve (GPS Address: approx.. 648 St John’s Drive, in Orange).

The OCC hopes to establish a colony of Purple Martins here to provide viewing opportunities to our residents and to help control the population of disease-carrying mosquitos here in Orange.

Purple Martins Love mosquitoes!

To learn more about these fascinating birds, the OCC will be hosting a program that highlights the life and times of Purple Martins on February 13th at 7:00 pm at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria.

John Picard will discuss the many aspects of becoming a Purple Martin Landlord, including housing location, housing selection, the importance of monitoring, protection from predators, protection from nest parasites and the never-ending battle of invasive species and their effect upon the Purple Martins.

John has managed a network of nest boxes for more than 20 years, more recently John has been assisting with the Purple Martin Colony at Hammonasset Beach State Park. John is a member of the Board of Directors for the Menunkatuck Audubon Society.