About Us

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.

Our Objectives

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: (martinman@hotmail.com)

Fern Bellavance                    Lending Library

Vacant                                     Vice-Chairperson                       

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


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