Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Martin Houses
Take a seat at the picnic tables and join in on this 'all age' participative event. After a brief introduction about Purple Martins, the group observes Jack's maintenance, tracking and care of the purple Martin houses and inhabitants. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome. Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! These amazing birds grow before your very eyes - and yes, birds can be touched!
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 at 4pm.