Each spring, many people keep track of their first sighting of Purple Martins. Then they report their first sighting to the Purple Martin Conservation Association. You can then follow along with these sightings on their website. Many of the individuals that report these first sightings host colonies of this species in nesting boxes and are eagerly awaiting the return of “their” birds.
These colonies are very important for the species survival in the eastern US. Without access to these nesting sites, Purple Martins would struggle to survive. Have you ever considered installing a Purple Martin box? If so, check out the Purple Martin Conservation Association to learn more about attracting and managing a colony.