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Week Four: Purple Martin Chat

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Mountain Houses

Purple Martin Chat Take a seat on the picnic tables and join in on this participative event. After a brief introduction the group observes Jack maintenance, tracking and care of the purple martin houses. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done. Photos welcome.  Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid season so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! 


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses.

Earlier Event: July 21
Week Four: Nature Walk
Later Event: July 24
Week Five: Monarch Moments