MDC offers free program on purple martins at Busch Conservation Area March 3

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St. CHARLES, Mo.—Nimble and graceful in flight, the fleet-winged purple martins can provide hours of entertaining viewing as they dart about seeking insects to eat.  Males are the most recognizable with their streamlined, purple-blue bodies.

Purple martins, one of our native swallows, will be arriving from South America any day.  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) is offering a chance to learn more about these fascinating birds at a free program called It’s Purple Martin Time Saturday, March 3 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.

The free program is open to ages 12 and up and participation is free.  MDC staff will discuss how visitors can create a colony of purple martins in their own backyards.  Participants will get to look at the active purple martin house on the Busch Area and discover what components make up a good martin home.

John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be at the event to share his expertise with participants. 

There’s no fee to attend, but advanced registration is required by going to

To learn more about purple martins, go to

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D, two miles west of Highway 94 in St. Charles.