About Us

OPMA 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 the PUMA;
  • 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;
  • assist new and existing purple martin landlords by providing advice, guidance and education to improve the success of their sites;
  • monitor 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.

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Our Directors at Large and Volunteers


John Balga                              Webmaster/Advisor 

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

Carolyn Recker                        Good Will Ambassador

Dennis Shady                          New Member Advisor

Mary Wilson                            Secretary/Newsletter


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(Margaret Mead)


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