Clay Studio Manager Dianna Frymiare raised purple martins this spring and summer, and shares her experiences with the RiverArts community.
Graceful in flight, musical in its pre-dawn singing, this big swallow is one of our most popular birds. Almost all Purple Martins in the east now nest in birdhouses put up especially for them. Martin housing has a long history: some Native American tribes reportedly hung up hollow gourds around their villages to attract these birds. Purple Martins migrate to South America for the winter, but before leaving, they may gather to roost in groups of thousands in late summer.
Click here to learn more about purple martins from the Audubon Society.