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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR) Headquarters - Profile & Data:

2016 data (as of 2017-June-15)

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden House
12
53
14
HQ Gourds
7
35
HQ Pond Gourds
6
26
6

2016 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden Housing/Gourds
23
113
91
88
81

2015 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden Housing/Gourds
17
71
47
29
25

2014 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden Housing/Gourds
14
61
53
39
23

2013 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden Housing/Gourds
4
17
12
3
3

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters had two long standing Trio Castle metal houses, but little is known of their past seasons. In the 1990’s the colony declined until the Martins no longer used the Trios. Eventually through the efforts of long-time volunteers Carl Zenger, Bob Schmidt and an Eagle Scout project, a T-14 was set up in 2010. Using vocalization recordings and decoys, two first year pair nested. Unfortunately, one of the females was killed on the road nearby and the colony only had one successful nest which fledged two birds. In 2011 there were no nesting attempts. In 2012, the T-14 had to be removed prior to the nesting season due to construction of a new headquarters building.

For 2013 the same house that was up during the 2010- 2011 nesting seasons will be put back up in about the same location. We plan to do some new things this year to enhance our possibility of attracting Martins. We’ll use some techniques which Ken Kostka conducted extensive informal experimentation with called “Social Attraction.” In addition to our previously used decoys and vocalization recordings, we will add artificial nests, artificial eggs and housing mirrors. The location of the mirrors, decoys and nests will be changed frequently to simulate nesting Martins. These efforts will be documented and shared on our website. A gourd rack will be added near the Martin house at headquarters. This will provide the Martins with two housing options.

NOTES
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The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. wish to extend a very big thank you to Marsha and Doug Heckel of Lockport, who recently donated a Purple Martin gourd rack to the refuge. The gourd rack is now located close to the soon to be completed INWR Headquarters trail behind the Visitor's Center. Come and take a look!

The Purple Martin decoy shown here is attached with very small hose clamp assembly to a wooden block which can be moved around on the Purple Martin housing to simulate occupancy, making the housing more attractive to unattached martins.

 
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