The Purple Martin is the largest swallow that inhabits Pennsylvania. These birds are aerial insectivores. This means that they eat flying insects such as dragonflies, beetles, and even gnats. There are up to 50,000 Purple Martins occupying Presque Isle at a time, making this one of the largest roosts in the region.
Purple Martins can frequently be seen from the Vista 1 parking lot on Presque isle State Park. Here they gather across the water at the cattail islands at the head of the bay.
From 1pm until 2pm on Friday June, 27th bird enthusiasts can join a DCNR Environmental Education Specialist and a Purple Martin Conservation Association Field Biologist for a nest check. There is no fee or registration for this event. Participants will meet at the Rotary Pavilion.
For more information please visit http://www.purplemartin.org/ or call (814)-833-7424.