World Migratory Bird Day: Purple Haze

A conservation film about Purple Martins. Presented with Bird Friendly Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists Club

Presented with Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club.

Bruce Mackenzie, recipient of the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award from Ontario Nature for his work at the Grimsby Wetlands, will present a slideshow on the establishment of Purple Martin housing.

What we do at home affects what we do to the world. Follow one man’s journey chasing America’s favorite backyard bird halfway around the world and back.

After millions of years of evolution, treacherous migrations, and forming a unique relationship with humans, North America’s largest swallow species, the Purple Martin, has managed to become almost completely dependent on man-made nesting structures to nest & rear their young. Captain Zach Steinhauser has taken it upon himself, after spending years guiding folks to North America’s largest Purple Martin roost, to chase these birds across their range to understand exactly how this species put themselves in this position and discover a lost culture of bird-loving enthusiasts across the Purple Martin’s range. Zach’s journey takes him across the western hemisphere from the Great Lakes to the Amazon Rainforest all the way to the Sonoran Desert making unexpected connections at every turn.

In the news:

Hamilton Spectator: Local birders screen Purple Haze at Playhouse Cinema to mark migratory bird day.


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