Join us for Purple Martin Fest 2016 at Marsh Haven Nature Center on Saturday, June 18. Each year many Wisconsinites anticipate the return of purple martins making a 5,000-mile flight from South America to their backyard from April to the end of June. Purple martins are one of the earliest spring migrants. They are semi-dependent upon people to provide housing & security for their reproduction to be successful. Because of this close association with people, purple martins need proprietors to be educated to prevent Wisconsin’s sinking population. MartinFest will include talks, plenty of martins whether rain or shine, a silent auction and if the weather is truly cooperative, an up and personal view of martins showing the adults through banding and their nests .