Welcome to the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association!
The Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association is an organization dedicated to helping the Purple Martins feed, breed, and interact with the environment to the best of their bird ability. We’re happy to have them in Portage Lakes, Ohio and do our best to make them feel welcome.
Many groups help us in our objectives. We have a large number of gourd homes maintained by our members.
- feed the birds when the weather is inclement and they’re unable to fend for themselves
- we band them when appropriate
- we have a number of activities and lectures throughout the year.
Benefits for members include opportunities to help us educate the public about the Purple Martins of the Portage Lakes, what they do for us and how we encourage public enjoyment of these beautiful birds.
Twilight Boat Ride Purple Martin Migration Tour
Every year from August through mid-September tens of thousands of Purple Martins flock to our very own Nimisila Reservoir in Green Ohio, to settle in the reeds overnight as they prepare for migration back to South America. The PLPMA offers Twilight Boat Rides every evening from early August through Labor Day to experience this wonder of nature. Cost is $35 per person and Reservations are REQUIRED.
Our 2 hour narrated tour will include the history of Nimisila with options to see Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Cormorants, and many other birds and wildlife who call the area home. Nimisila offers spectacular sunsets for you to enjoy as you wait for the birds to gather. The aerial show is something you really need to see – there are no words to describe it!
For any booking questions or problems, please call or text Greer Langkamp, PLPMA Secretary at 330-388-6820 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLPMA ADOPT A NEST FUNDRAISER!
$50 per Nest
Adopt a Purple Martin Family!
We’ll randomly assign you a specific nest at our State Mill Park site. You can win FUN prizes for things like First Nest With an Egg, Most Eggs in a Nest & more. Come check your nest and feed the birds every Sunday at 2:00 pm.
We are VERY GLAD to have seen all of you at Buckeye Martinfest! There were OVER 250 PEOPLE in attendance throughout the 3 hour event. Many thanks to all who participated in helping get our birds banded! We were able to band over 100 birds!
We hope to see you soon on one of our Twilight Boat Rides! Sign up is above.
HURRY! Seats are selling fast.
PLPMA – We Make Memories
Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association Meeting
Second Tuesday of every month
6:30pm @ Gather at the Lakes
*Optional Dinner at 5:00 pm @Lala’s*
4315 Manchester Road | New Franklin, OH 44319
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2022 Twilight Boat Rides Starting Soon!
Our Twilight Boat Rides for 2022 will be starting in just a few short weeks! Online registration will be available soon.
Please go to our Twilight Boat Ride Page for updates and more information on the tours.