News feature in Columbia MO paper about gourds

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John Miller
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Young man featured in Columbia MO newspaper about growing purple martin gourds. Aaron Templemire. Aaron's father, Ronnie Templemire, for many years has managed a large colony in Boonville MO and often is among the first in Missouri to report a scout each year.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news ... sf83U-5zXo
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Thank you John for this thread. I love reading about what other landlords are doing throughout the US. I don't have any natural gourds, but I find them facinating. The entire process is so down to earth and has an added connection to nature and wildlife. Thanks again.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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