Purple Martin Festival


Camrose Purple Martin Festival June 15, 2019

2019 Purple Martin Festival Registration Form

Have a passion for birds or just like learning more about nature? You’ll love the Purple Martin Festival in Camrose, AB. Bird enthusiasts get ready for the ninth annual Camrose Purple Martin Festival at the Stoney Creek Centre June 15, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Did you know Purple Martins almost exclusively nest in bird houses built by people? The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow, the average length from bill to tail is about 20 centimetres.

The day will start off with a presentation Dr. Lu Carbyn an internationally recognized wildlife biologist who specializes in the ecology, conservation and management of mammalian carnivores and their prey. During his talk, he will share how bird species have experienced declines in their numbers within the past 50 years due to migrating long distances from nesting areas to overwintering regions of the world.

During the afternoon participants will have a choice of a walking tour or a bus tour to Purple Martin nests and finish off with Dorothy Hill an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Mount Royal University in Calgary and a council member of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists. She has studied the coevolution between brood-parasitic Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) and Clay-colored Sparrows (Spizella pallida), and the effects of extra-pair paternity on male parental care in Chestnut-collared Longspurs (Calcarius ornatus). The Festival will also include workshops for experienced Purple Martin landlords as well as beginner landlords and individuals wanting to become landlords.

The Purple Martin Festival is a family event and includes kids’ activities such as searching for invertebrates with the Battle River Watershed Alliance. The Camrose public Library will be on site with games and crafts. The Beaverhill Bird Observatory will also be onsite and children will learn about owls.

It is $10 to attend, or $25 for a family.