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Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas will hold its 4th annual Outdoor Purple Martin Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event will be hosted from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at the residence of Paul and Joy Mammenga, 12345 396th Ave, Columbia, South Dakota, United States.
Purple Martins are Neotropical migrant songbirds that spend the non-breeding season in South America and then migrate to North America during the breeding season. Purple Martins are entertaining, friendly, sociable, and phenomenal insect eaters; additionally they are now mostly dependent on human-supplied housing because of natural habitat loss.
The Outdoor Purple Martin Festival is the primary event of Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity organized as a collaborative alliance for the management of Purple Martin advocacy and protection. Our target audience resides in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota and South Dakota but reaches into other regions both in and out of the two states. Our past attendees included residents from Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba Canada.
The Outdoor Purple Martin Festival will introduce attendees to Purple Martins and inform them about the ecological benefits of Purple Martins. Attendees will be able to experience, firsthand, a healthy environment and nest practices at a thriving breeding colony site. The event will feature presentations, hands-on activities, practical ideas for prospective and seasoned Purple Martin landlords, along with breakfast and lunch socials.
The delivery of presentations and seminars are educational in nature, and the publication of written materials that support educational endeavors are considered scientific. Likewise, the research projects are scientific in nature, and the publication of the written materials that support research endeavors are considered educational. Both educational and scientific endeavors are conducted in a manner that upholds preventing cruelty to animals. The conservation activities involve managing invasive species and protecting native species from cruelty.