Purple Martins: America’s Most Wanted Bird! - Tim Gedler, Park Manager for Walnut Woods State Park, will present a program on Purple Martins at our February meeting. His program will highlight many aspects of the largest member of the swallow family in the United States. The Purple Martin has had a close relationship with mankind dating back to Native Americans who were among the first people to place natural gourds around their settlements to attract these beautiful birds. The program will focus on the life history of the species as well what it takes in the “modern” world to attract nesting martins. Learn all about the hard work involved as well as the many benefits of becoming a Purple Martin “Landlord”.
Tim is a graduate of Simpson College (1986) with Environmental Science Degrees. His past work experiences include National Audubon and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, the National Park Service in Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota. He has worked with Iowa DNR state parks bureau for nearly thirty years at Prairie Rose State Park, George Wyth State Park, and currently at Walnut Woods State Park in West Des Moines.
Next Field Trip
February field trip - For the February field trip, we'll visit Big Creek SP and the Moeckley Prairie area near Polk City. We'll look for Gray Partridge, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs in the open country. We'll work the pine and cedar groves at Big Creek for winter passerines. Please meet at the Saylorville Visitor Center at 8:00.
Please contact Denny Thompson at 254-0837 or email@example.com for more information.