|Gourds Painted White to Reflect the Sun|
It warms the heart of a nature lover to see this interest in the Martin, because in our part of the country they're completely dependent upon us humans to supply their housing. If humans would stop supplying Martins with homes, they most likely would disappear as a breeding bird in eastern North America. West of the Rockies, however, they mainly live in natural cavities, like holes in trees, in cacti, or crevices in cliffs.
|Mrs. and Mr. Martin|
The Native Americans were the first to lure the Martins into their villages by hanging up gourds with holes cut in the sides. Picture the excitement in the village when that very first Martin accepted their gourd for its family home. Little did they know that besides acquiring a new villager, they also got a dependable alarm clock, a calendar, and a trusty watch dog.