To restore and conserve western Purple Martins where they are At Risk along the West Coast of North America
About WESTERN PURPLE MARTIN FOUNDATION
Western Purple Martin Foundation is currently working on the conservation of western Purple Martins in British Columbia where they are a Species At Risk and are only found around the Strait of Georgia.
Much of the western Purple Martin natural nesting habitat was destroyed through land clearing activities and this bird species almost became locally extinct. Only 5 known breeding pairs remained in 1985.
Through a successful nest box stewardship and recovery program a large number of caring volunteers have helped increase the BC Purple Martin population to our short-term goal of 800 pairs in 2012. The BC population continues to grow and reached ~950 pairs in 2013.
Our long-term goal is to re-introduce BC Purple Martins back into remaining natural nesting habitat in open forest and near freshwater.
Together we can build on almost 30 years of success, preserve species diversity and return martins to their natural nesting habitat.