Ellen Brockwell, executive director of the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), announced a significant event that will be of great long-term benefit to Purple Martins.
commented, "At the PMCA
, one of our goals is to ensure the quality Purple Martin housing is widely available to consumers.
John "Duke" Snyder, the inventor and patent holder of the Excluder, Starling-Resistant Gourds, wished to retire, and approached the PMCA
, as he
wanted to ensure the martin landlords and the PMCA
could both benefit as he
continues, "Both Duke's goals and the PMCA's
were accomplished, as the PMCA
has purchased all trademarks and patents from him.
has since licensed all these to Songbird Essentials
of Mexico, MO, and Songbird Essentials purchased from Duke all the equipment necessary to make his
patented Excluder Gourds, as well as heavy-duty round entrance Excluder Gourds and replacement doors utilizing Excluder and other starling-resistant technology for most types of martin housing."
absolutely feels that Duke's Excluder Gourds are one of, if not the best, gourds for Purple Martins and their nesting success and for that reason we entered into our licensing agreement with Songbird Essentials
, encouraging them to market the gourd as the PMCA
recommended and endorsed Purple Martin gourd," Brockwell
continued, "The PMCA
is very grateful that as part of this agreement, the Toellner family, owners of Songbird Essentials
, have agreed to donate 75 cents to $1.00 per gourd sold back to the PMCA
, to help us with critical Purple Martin research and conservative projects."
, PMCA Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 814-833-7656.