Membership Meeting

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM social; 7:30 program
Location: John F. Donnelly Conference Center,
Aquinas College Campus
Speaker: Penny Briscoe
Topic: Purple Martins: True Backyard Pets

Purple Martins, the largest of the swallows, have been experiencing serious declines since the mid-1950s. Graceful in flight and full of aerial acrobatics, these friendly birds with their cheerful song now depend solely on human-provided housing to raise their young. No longer simply a matter of erecting housing in appropriate locations, caring Purple Martin landlords have taken many measures to assist with the success of these vulnerable birds that have been known by many as a welcome part of the American landscape.

Penny Briscoe has been a Purple Martin landlord for 33 years, hosting the same long-standing colony on Barton Lake just south of Vicksburg. During that time, Penny has made many changes to the housing in order to increase the success rate of nesting pairs. She is a Purple Martin mentor for the nation-wide Purple Martin Conservation Association and has earned Master Naturalist designation through the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, MSU Extension Services.

The public is invited to attend this interesting program as a guest of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club. There is no charge for admission.

Meeting Information


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The Donnelly Center is located at 157 Woodward Lane SE between Fulton Street and Robinson Road. Parking is available in Lots "S" and "T" off Woodward Ln. The center entrance is on the north side of the building.