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March 2019 Meeting

Tue, March 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Blue Spruce County Park Lodge
Speaker: Ron and Jordan Alsop


Ron and Jordan Alsop will provide some general information about Purple Martins, including their characteristics, housing options, attracting them, and problems that can occur. They plan to utilize some slides and also a short video they made when some young were leaving the nest. They love talking about these birds and usually get some chuckles when they also discuss the myriad of mistakes they have made along the way!!

Ron Alsop and his son Jordan have been attempting to become martin landlords since 2010. They finally managed to attract three pairs in 2017 that fledged 19 young. During the spring and summer of 2018, they were blessed with 13 pairs that fledged 47. Ron and Jordan will discuss how to attract Purple Martins and inform us of the care required to keep them alive and healthy even during cold weather.

Ron and Jordan reside on the family farm located near Penn Run, PA. Ron is a retired certified fraud examiner, and Jordan teaches high school mathematics. They have traveled to numerous martin sites, built their own 14-compartment housing unit, and are members of the Purple Martin Conservation Association. In the summer of 2015, Ron and Jordan were featured in the Purple Martin Update, the national publication of the PMCA. Ron was thrilled when he and his granddaughter appeared on the front cover. Don’t miss this interesting and informative presentation.

Western Kingbird, Burlington, CO 6/20/2019, Marg Higbee

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