Shortly following the debut
of aluminum martin housing designed and distributed by
J. L. Wade and Trio Manufacturing Company in 1962,
people began asking questions.
While the plight of the near endangered purple
martin species was placed in the hands of humans to
supplement their fast disappearing natural habitat
with man-made housing, "How can I attract these
birds?" was asked frequently.
The manufacturing company had its people busy
designing, testing, engineering, and distributing
quality, durable, user-friendly (both by birds and
their hosts) aluminum purple martin housing.
People were very receptive to this new idea of
attracting a bird to their yard that would stay
through the summer while it consumed large number of
insects and entertaining their "landlords" and guests.
As letters began pouring into the offices of the
manufacturing plant, much time was being spent
answering, by hand, each and every letter.
It soon became apparent that most letters contained
generally the same questions. Obviously, there
should be a better way of reaching more people with
standard answers to standard questions.
idea of a monthly newsletter was born and at the same
time... Griggsville Wild Bird Society.
The Society, now known as Nature Society, was
staffed by knowledgeable people to create a unique
newsletter that would serve as a format for its
members to learn and share thoughts and ideas.
No outside advertising accepted, the newsletter
remains the most informative publication about purple
martins available today.
What began in 1966 as a simple typewritten one-page
letter-size newsletter, has today grown into a
tabloid-size newspaper. Predominantly about
purple martins, the News has several columnists that
write about other species of backyard feeder birds.
Click here to request a free info packet
from The Nature Society.