Audubon Offering Trip to Presque Isle to See Purple Martins
Jamestown, NY – Purple Martins have been described as “aerial acrobats” because of their speed and agility in flight.
This largest North American swallow captures all its food – insects, that is – while flying and drinks by skimming the surface of a pond and scooping up the water.
You are invited to participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s field trip on Wednesday, August 13, to see hundreds of thousands of these striking birds at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Participants will meet at Audubon at 4:30 p.m., then travel to Presque Isle to meet with Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA) staffer Bob Aeppli to learn about banding and conservation efforts. The group will then go to watch the Purple Martins return to their roost.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University specializing in ecology, Aeppli began working with the PMCA in 2009, where he has banded thousands of Martins. He manages the PMCA’s Citizen Science programs including The Scout-Arrival Study and Project Martinwatch, as well as contributing to scientific journals and Update Magazine.
Remember to dress for the weather. Bring insect repellent, binoculars, camera, and a spotting scope, if you have one, as well as your own brown bag dinner/snacks.
Return to Audubon is planned for 10 p.m.
This trip is one of the must-do-in-one’s-lifetime events on Audubon’s 2014 Bucket List calendars, on sale in the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
Cost for the outing is $41, $31 for Friends of the Nature Center.
Participation is limited. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, August 11, 2014: call (716) 569-2345, stop in, or use the on-line form by clicking through “Bucket List: Purple Martins” at http://www.jamestownaudubon.org.
Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and the Lenna Foundation.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and eagle viewing are open daily from dawn till dusk.
For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://www.jamestownaudubon.org.