Skagit Audubon

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Purple Martin “Work” Trip Ship Harbor, Anacortes

Start Date: Tue. May 9, 2017 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Duration: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes


Purple Martin 1This is not your typical field trip. Come join other volunteers at the Ship Harbor Purple Martin colony site in Anacortes to help do some spring cleaning, labeling and general housekeeping. The 36 nesting boxes that our Chapter monitors need to be checked for winter storm damage, relabeled and fresh nesting material added before the colony returns. 

We will be walking out at very low tide across mud, climbing ladders and getting our hands dirty! Of course there's some opportunity to do a little birding along the Ship Harbor nature trail but our focus will be on sprucing up the colony site. Be sure to wear appropriate boots, jackets and work gloves. If you want to come observe or simply learn about Purple Martins and our citizen science monitoring project, please come too. We are always looking for folks interested in monitoring the nesting colony. The time commitment is minimal and the rewards are amazing. Purple Martins are very social birds and well adapted to being around human activity. 

The easiest access to the colony site is via the Ship Harbor nature trail. Coming from Anacortes, head west on 12th Street/Hwy 20/Oakes Ave. Turn right into the San Juan Passage housing development. Turn left on Edwards Way and follow the street until reaching the cul de sac parking area down the hill at the water's edge. We will meet in the parking area at 11:00, walk the short trail to the colony site doing some birding along the way, have a short orientation talk and begin work by 11:30 (peak low tide). Hope to see you there.

If Mother Nature decides to send sideways blowing rain on Tuesday, May 9th, please check in with us to see if we are rescheduling. 

Leaders: Mark and Irene Perry,


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