Purple Martin Housing
The survival of the Purple Martin has become dependent on artificial or man-made wood or aluminum houses and plastic gourds. These items are supplied by individuals and organizations that care about the preservation of this bird and natural habitats for wildlife. The tradition of providing refuge for Purple Martins has been in place for generations. Native Americans are said to have hollowed out gourds and erected them for this purpose. Purple Martins need specially designed martin houses, as well as adequate open space where they can hunt for dragonflies and other flying insects. Over one million North Americans put up housing for Purple Martins each year. Once the Purple Martin nests at a location, they will come back every year if you manage the site properly.