Ontario Purple Martins

If you are interested in learning about Ontario’s Purple Martins, you’ve come to the right place.  

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  • Ontario members host Purple Martins at their homes every Spring and Summer. They provide suitable housing to these neotropical migrants. The Martins are always looking for new colony sites!

  • Purple Martins have declined over 50% since the early 1970’s. Ontario Purple Martin Association members helped over 900 martin pairs in the 2019 year adding over 3500 fledglings to Ontario’s swallow population. Would you like to become a part of the solution? Help OPMA, Nature Canada and the PMCA by participating in S.O.S. (Save Our Swallows)

  • Purple Martins are totally dependent on man-made housing.  Purple martins face great threats as they journey from South America each Spring. Martins, the largest of Swallows are in decline in Ontario due to a number of factors which include Climate Change, Pesticides and Pollutants, Lack of Suitable Housing, Invasive Species, Predation by natural predators, Uncertain Spring Weather, Lack of Suitable Food sources as well as predation by cats. Please leave a legacy to Ontario by assisting and preserving this Swallow Species. 


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Ontario Purple Martins


Nature Canada Purple Martin Survey

If you would like to participate in OPMA/ Nature Canada’s survey of Ontario’s Purple Martins, please complete and send to martinman@hotmail.com

Purple Martin Colony Survey


Nature Canada Survey

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