Winter 2012 Newsletter
Sparks DEEP Interest
By Denise Savageau
The Purple Martin nesting structure installed at Greenwich Point this past summer
by the Friends of Greenwich Point has sparked the interest of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The Greenwich Conservation
Commission has been contacted to help provide additional information to the
CT DEEP on Purple Martin houses in Greenwich. Michael Aurelia, Friends of
Greenwich Point board member, will be working with Joe Cassone, Greenwich
Conservation Assistant to develop a GIS map of all the locations of Purple Martin
houses in Greenwich. If you know of a Purple Martin house in Greenwich, please
contact Joe Cassone at 203-622-6461.
The CT DEEP will also be looking to see if any of the recently banded Purple Martins are nesting in Greenwich, including at Greenwich Point. In CT the Purple Martin population has declined to the point were it is now listed as threatened. As part of a long range population recovery plan for Martins, the CT DEEP initiated a banding program this past July. They banded 540 juvenile Purple Martins from six colonies in Connecticut. The Martins wre banded with a colony specific colored band along with a US Geological Survey silver band. The banding program will be repeated again this coming summer. The CT DEEP is hopin through reporting sightings of these young Martins to gain a better understanding of their dispersal patterns and the optimal conditions for establishing new colonies.
The installation of the Purple Martin house has not only put Greenwich Point "on the map"; it has encouraged a new and hopefully growing colony here at the Point.