Bird Abode Supergourds

Bird Abode Supergourds

Product type: Pet Supplies
Supplier type: Drop Shipper, Manufacturer
Market served: North America
Trade show: NA

The SuperGourd is the only plastic gourd on the market today engineered by an ornithologis specializing in Purple Martins!

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Twelve thousand years ago, before the first human beings arrived in the New World over the Bering Land Bridge, Purple Martins were a dramatically different bird than they are today. Back then, it’s believed martins nested only in the abandoned nesting chambers of woodpeckers, or in any natural cavities they could find in tall, dead trees, on cliffs, or under boulders. Today, east of the Rockies, martins nest only in human-supplied housing; either in elaborate bird house condominiums known as “martin houses,” or in natural and artificial gourds. Why did Purple Martins stop nesting in the ancestral ways they had used for millennia? The answer is that Native American Indians started “messing with Mother Nature.” Perhaps by accident, Native Americans discovered that martins could be lured into their villages by hanging up gourds with holes cut in their sides. In 1831, Alexander Wilson wrote: “even the solitary Indian seems to have a particular respect for this bird.” He gives an account of the methods used by the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians who “cut off all the top branches from a sapling near their cabins, leaving the prongs a foot or two in length, on each of which they hang a gourd, or calabash, properly hollowed out for their convenience.” In 1929, Forbush added that “when saplings were not conveniently situated the Indians set up poles, fastened crossbars to them and hung the gourds to these crossbars.” According to Cooke’s 1884 account, the Chippewa Indian name for the martin was: “Mu-ku-dé-shau-shaú-wun-ni-bí-si.”

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