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The famous purple martin roost in Manns Harbor may soon attract families of the beloved birds during the spring breeding season in addition to the annual summer roosting season. CCPMS recently raised a state-of-the-art martin nest house near the roost at the west end of bridge. If martins decide to nest there this spring, or next spring, they will be near the bridge where up to 100,000 purple martins roost overnight in the summer months after their young have learned to fly.

The new martin house was donated to CCPMS by the Outer Banks Birdwatchers retail store of Nags Head. The metal house adheres to specifications of a successful nest house, including spacious compartments with removable nest trays, adequate ventilation and protective features.

The Manns Harbor bridge location has seen other improvements lately. Malcolm and Susan Fearing of Manteo recently donated to Dare County land adjacent to the parking area on the southwest bridge landing. The Fearings have long supported the educational work of the CCPMS and have envisioned a handicapped-access fishing pier and viewing platform at the site in memory of Malcolm’s late sister. The N.C. Department of Transportation recently upgraded the gravel parking area. And the Manteo Rotary Club made a $1,000 donation to the Manns Harbor Civic Association to assist in landscaping the area.

Last year, CCPMS worked with county and state officials to place speed reduction signs on the bridge during the roosting season July 1-Sept. 15 as a means of protecting both the birds and motorists. The society also erected illustrated informational panels at the viewing site near the bridge. More educational events are planned at the roost this summer.