Gifts from the Chippewa

Kelly A. Barrett, Wildlife Biologist, Chippewa National Forest

Kind of unexpected

If you’re at all like my people, you’re struggling in the hot weather we’ve had lately. At my folks’ place we have been sitting out for a bit in the evenings, seeking a bit of breeze. It’s more pleasant beside the lake, and the resident purple martin colony provides a fun distraction. It’s a busy time as the martins raise their nests of young, and it’s confusing at times to figure out just exactly what is going on. Some babies seem to have left their nests; others are still being fed in the nests. Near dusk there’s an influx of many birds, and previously empty nest boxes are once again full. Just what is happening here?The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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