A well-maintained martin colony brings joy to any neighborhood and establishing a new colony is now a realistic possibility.
A workshop/seminar on attracting purple martins to the neighborhood will be held March 29, at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Ave., 1.8 miles north of Kalona, and one mile east of Hwy. 1. The workshop begins at 9:10 a.m.
The morning session will cover why native plants matter to songbirds, pollinators and people; bluebirds still need help; and Iowa owls.
The afternoon program will feature Andrew Troyer, from Conneautville, Pa., on getting to know and care for the purple martin. Troyer is one of North America's leading purple martin authorities. He is a longtime martin landlord, housing-design innovator, and owner of Troyer's Birds Paradise, a national supplier of martin housing and accessories.
A panel of experts will then answer questions, followed by door prizes and an auction.
There is a $2 registration fee. Kids 10 and under are free. Lunch is available onsite.
For more information, or to secure a booth, contact Evan Gingerich, at 319-656-3629 (voice mail) or Jim Walters at 319-466-1134.