(L to R:) Elani, Josh, and Orion Johns on Orcas Island
Looking for a do-at-home project that would benefit local wildlife and be a good learning opportunity during these days of homeschooling, SJPT volunteer Josh Johns, along with his daughter Elani and son Orion, decided to take a closer look at Purple Martins.
They did research, made drawings, and constructed special nest boxes that have been installed at selected sites on Preservation Trust preserve lands in the islands.
Researchers are studying Purple Martin colonies in the San Juans, hoping to learn more about these wonderful members of the swallow family and how we can help them thrive. A big thanks to Josh and family for your efforts and inspiration!
Here are a few links to help you get started in learning more about Purple Martins:
NestWatch from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology