The Purple Martin Project
The Dunkard Creek Watershed Assn.
Inc.(DCWA) is taking care of the Purple Martin colony at
Mason-Dixon Historical Park, the public park with the big red
barn, on Buckeye Road just off Route 7 west. Several years
ago the colony was started by providing good housing for the
birds in a suitable location. Purple Martins depend on humans to
provide housing and help them look after their babies, believe
it or not! Purple Martin nests become infested by blowflies and
fleas, which suck blood from the baby birds. If humans don't
clean out the nests and provide fresh material, the parasites
can weaken or kill the nestlings. Google Purple Matin to learn
about these fascinating birds.