The Essex Purple Martin Association was founded in 2001 by Gilles Breton, Ferdinand Bellavance, and John Balga. The title changed later to the Ontario Purple Martin Association so that more could be involved in Saving Our Swallows especially the Purple Martin. The OPMA provides research, education, and contributes to the conservation of Purple Martins, the largest Swallow in the province of Ontario and Canada.
The objectives of the Ontario Purple Martin Association are to encourage interest and improvement in the Purple Martin Species by:
- holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of ornithology as it relates to Purple Martins;
- promoting enthusiasm and appreciation of purple martins in the local community and throughout Ontario;
- encouraging the installation and management of Purple Martin housing, with the aim of increasing nesting accommodations and successful breeding of purple martins throughout their nesting range in Ontario;
- arranging field trips, workshops, and displays;
- promoting an awareness for the protection of the environment;
- assisting new and existing purple martin landlords by providing advice, guidance and education to improve the success of their sites;
- monitoring population trends from year to year by surveying the number of fledged young from purple martin houses and reported by Ontario landlords and association members.
How to Help
Purple martins are undergoing both short and long term declines in Ontario. The OPMA works to increase purple martin populations at various locations. You can help the OPMA to conserve the martin for future generations.
Who We Are
Our Directors at Large and Volunteers
John Balga Webmaster/Advisor: (email@example.com)
Fern Bellavance Lending Library
Audrey Festeryga Board member at large
Paul Hamel Chairperson
Al Hamill Treasurer
Marieanne Knapp Board member at large
Lyle Papps Natural Gourd expert
Carolyn Recker Good Will Ambassador
Nancy Robson Media
Dennis Shady New Member Advisor
Mary Wilson Secretary/Newsletter