Because of our status as Purple Martin Capital of Ohio, the PLPMA has
traveled around the area, telling folks about our mission to propagate Purple Martins and educate the public of the benefit
of these birds for insect control.
Along with Naturalists from Summit Metro Parks, we were able to educate many on
our Twilight Boat Rides on the waters of Nimisila Reservoir. A thoroughly enjoyable way to learn about Martins and the
many different avian species around the lake.
We did something very special this year at our State Mill
Road site. Partnering with Manchester
Local Schools, Coventry Local Schools and Summit Metro Parks we introduced 300
eighth grade students to Purple Martins.
It took 5 days of 60 students per day to accomplish this. Summit Metro
Parks had two naturalists each
day lecturing on the Tree Swallows and Purple Martins. PLPMA had members staffing
the migration game
and egg feeding. After lunch Larry
Hunter gave his talk on Purple Martins in the classroom. Our thanks to Lisa
King, Executive Director
of Summit Metro Parks. Dr. James
Robinson, Superintendent, Manchester Local Schools, Russell Chabody,
Superintendent, Coventry Local Schools, and Principals and Teachers. Many thanks
to PLPMA members: Kay Lukac, Ed & Louise Udovich, Chuck and
Betty Seeley, Barry Terjesen, and Larry Hunter.