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Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association
Community Outreach

Purple Martin info-outreach activities

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.