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The Purple Martin How Citizen Scientists & Colony Landlords are Saving a Favorite American Bird

By: Robin W Doughty(Author), Rob Fergus(Author)
186 pages, 28 colour photos
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  • The Purple Martin ISBN: 9781935778325 Paperback Jul 2016 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The Purple Martin is a widely admired bird across much of North America. As the largest and most northerly member of the Western Hemisphere's swallow genus Progne, this summer visitor breeds naturally in a variety of habitats throughout much of the United States and Canada. Centuries ago, however, Native Americans established a special relationship with the martins by providing gourds as artificial nesting boxes, opportunities to which the martins responded. This practice has continued to the present as human advocates, hosts, and landlords provide numerous nest chambers to attract these elegant, graceful, boisterous, useful, and greatly appreciated summer birds into a wide range of rural, suburban, and even urban environments. The Purple Martin provides an overview of the life of Purple Martins and the current status of the bird throughout its range. In particular, Purple Martin explores both long-established and innovative efforts being made by citizen scientists and landlords, dedicated people from all walks of life, to better understand, manage, protect, and support healthy and growing populations of the bird, especially in North America.


- Acknowledgements
- Introduction
- Classification: Species and Names
- Migration and Range
- Colonial Regard: Early Interest in Martins
- Martins and Bird Protection
- Life of the Purple Martin
- Purple Martin Promotion
- Landlords
- Further Reading and Resources

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By: Robin W Doughty(Author), Rob Fergus(Author)
186 pages, 28 colour photos
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"This book is a convenient, one-stop source for scads of martin information and will make informative and pleasing reading for all of [the public] who are attracted to martins, including martin 'landlords'."
– William J. Graber III, past vice president, American Birding Association, and past president, Texas Ornithological Society and The Nature Conservancy of Texas

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