By Karolyn Gephart
Purple Martins will be the topic for a presentation at the first meeting for the new 2019-2020 year of the Heritage Gardeners Garden Club in Friendswood. The meeting will be Thursday, September 5 at the Marie Workman Garden Center at 112 W. Spreading Oaks in Friendswood.
The program on the long distance migrant birds will be presented by Jeff Glattly, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Pearland.
According to Glattly, purple martins live in colonies, and their social antics can be quite entertaining. They often will dive and swirl around in the sky as they travel up to two miles away from their nesting site in search of food, insects.
Purple Martin males are dark blue-purple overall with dark wings and tail. Females are not as shiny with some gray on the head and chest.
They breed in eastern North America and journey as far as South America to spend the winter months.
Purple Martins are not capable of excavating their own cavities for nesting and are almost totally dependent on man-made housing in eastern North America. They are much less common in western North America where they favor natural cavities over man-made housing.
A meet and greet will be offered at 9:30 am with Glattly’s presentation at 10 am.
Anyone interested in hearing the presentation or finding out more about the garden club are cordially invited to attend.
A meet and greet with refreshments will be at 9:30 am with Glattly’s program following at 10 am.
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Since 1966, the Heritage Gardeners have been dedicated to developing year-round, community based educational, environmental and horticultural programs
Their 53th Christmas Home Tour and Bazaar will be the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24, 2019. The annual tour is a popular event in the city and will once again feature beautifully furnished homes as well as the annual tea room and popular Holiday Market. New this year will be the expanded bake sale as Santa’s Sweet Shoppe inside the Workman Center with the tea room and indoor vendors.