9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Arrive to meet purple martin landlords & enthusiasts. Be inspired with the sights & sounds of a large colony of purple martins established in 1996-97.
Marsh Haven Nature Center
Wisconsin Purple Martin Association
MartinFest will be centered around you, purple martins, Wildlife Disease Specialist Nancy Businga, Pres-ident WPMA Les Rhines, & Master Bird Bander Dick Nikolai. Various vendors will be onsite throughout the day, a popular Festival silent auction & much discussion with colony landlords. Bring your whole family, friends & neighbors! Food/Refreshments provided by Friends of Marsh Haven Nature Center. Proceeds to benefit Nature Center & Purple Martin Colony.
FREE event and open to public
9:00 AM–MartinFest Opens/Sign In/Browse Displays
10:00-10:30 AM–Seminar: Purple Martin Ecology & Housing
10:45-11:15 AM–Seminar: Dealing with Weather, Nest Site Competitors & Predators
12:00-1:00 PM–Lunch/Browse Displays/View Martin Colonies
1:00-2:00 PM–Purple Martin Health, Disease & You (WDNR Nancy Businga)
2:10-3:15 PM–Nest Record Needs for Monitoring. Banding Demonstration
3:25 PM –Silent Auction Closes
3:30 PM –Award Silent Auction Items (Cash or Check)
4:00 PM–Event Ends