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BestNest.com Newsletter
February 28, 2006

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • New at the Nest
  • Innovating Your Purple Martin Colony
New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve our customers. In an effort to better meet your needs as a customer, BestNest aggressively adds new products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Cal Pump Stainless Steel Pump with Flow Adjuster, 580 gph
CAP-S580T-20
Reg: $171.99
Now: $154.79




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Dynamo Two Speed External Pond Pump, 5400 gph @ 15'
GCT-2SPD-3000
Now: $375.00




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Mayne Liberty Mailbox Post, White
MAY-HFLMP-W
Now: $252.99




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Mayne Signature Plus Mailbox Post, White
MAY-HFSPP-W
Now: $186.99




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Panacea Nesting Tables, set of 3
PAP-89191
Now: $149.95




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Sportoculars Ohio State Bincocular, 7x18
SHW-OH718
Now: $34.99




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Solar Cascade Fountain, Blue Glaze
STI-1131
Now: $167.95




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Japanese Garden Solar Bird Bath
STI-3020
Now: $162.95




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Solar Chameleon Fiber Optic Gazing Ball
STI-6104
Now: $54.99




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Large Solar Lighthouse Accent
STI-6220
Now: $59.95




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Floating Frogs Fogger Cover for ML-031 & ML-051
STI-F-831
Now: $39.95




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Infinity Magnetic Drive Pond Pump & Fountain, 300 gph
STI-VP-300
Now: $39.95




Innovating Your Purple Martin Colony
With the approach of spring, itís time for some of us to start welcoming back our purple martins. In addition to routine seasonal maintenance, you may be considering some changes to your colony. While improvements to a colony are a good thing, be careful not to make those improvements too drastic. Purple martins are sensitive and may abandon a colony if changes are too abrupt. Letís review the best ways to make common changes or improvements like moving your colony, replacing your housing, or expanding your colony.

Moving your colony, whatever the reason, can be a tricky endeavor if youíve already got an established colony. If youíve never had nesting martins, simply move your colony to a new location. Ideally, you would move an existing colony gradually, over more than one season. Install new housing in the new colony location at least one year prior to removing your existing housing. Martins will remember the new housing the following year and may even start using it right away. The following season, simply do not install the old housing or install the old housing near the new colony. Your martins should re-establish the colony in the new housing. If time is not on your side, just move your existing housing and hope that your martins will adjust.

Nearly, every good martin landlord will want to replace or upgrade their housing at some point. Always replace your housing in the off-season after your martins have left for the year or before they return in the spring. Replacing an old house with the same model is a bit more simplified than upgrading to a different housing system. Try to install your new version of an existing house so that it occupies exactly the same space as the old house. In other words, take care that the new house is mounted at the same height, at the same location, and faces the same compass direction as the old house. If your new or upgraded housing system is a different model, follow the same guidelines you would if you were moving a colony; but try to keep the new system close by.

When your colony starts growing, you may want to consider expanding your existing housing to accommodate more birds. Adding new housing to an existing colony is a must for the avid martin steward. New housing should be installed close to the existing houses, at least within 15 feet or so. You may add new housing as close to the existing housing as reasonable flight access will permit. Many colony landlords choose to hang gourds from the bottom of existing houses to quickly expand there colony. You may also have success in increasing your usable martin housing by installing porch dividers between apartments. This cuts down on territoriality and has been known to increase occupancy by as much as 75-100%.

BestNest offers products for both the amateur and experienced purple martin landlords. With products ranging from all-inclusive kits to individual accessories, BestNest carries everything you need to move, replace, expand, or start a purple martin colony. For more personal assistance, call our customer service line toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.


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Heritage Farms Quad Pod Purple Martin House Package, 2 Pods
BN-7540-KIT2
Reg: $431.65
Now: $379.99



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Coates 8-Room WatersEdge Purple Martin Suites Package
BN-W-4-KIT
Reg: $171.75
Now: $164.99



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Night Owl Nest Cam
BSC-NI201
Reg: $85.00
Now: $76.50




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Heath Aluminum 18-room Deluxe Martin House
HMC-AH-18D
Reg: $104.95
Now: $84.99




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Trio Martin Safety System w/ Pole
NH-MSS-12
Now: $189.48




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Sparrow Trap, 2 compartment, bait type
NH-ST-1
Now: $36.26



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Natureline 11" Gourds, Round Entrance Hole, 8 Pack
NL-1008-10
Now: $73.95




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Purple Martin Decoy
PUV-DECOY
Now: $8.95




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Stokes Purple Martin Book
STK-PMB
Now: $13.95




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