Lake Ouachita State Park has initiated the Purple Martin Watch Lake
Tours on Lake Ouachita.
From July through August Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine host the Purple Martin Watch Lake Tours.
You can join staff aboard a tour boat out to Bird Island to see the purple matins.
Contact the Lake Ouachita Visitor Center for more
Bird Island is Arkansas largest known Purple Martin Roost.
A purple martin staging colony on Bird Island on Lake Ouachita has increased from 8,000 in 2008 to 50,000 in 2009. The roost, could be Arkansas's last of
significant size. Studying and documenting these birds became an important project of high school students at Mountain Pine, Arkansas. The teens have
already counted the birds eight times documenting the number of Martins using the roost and successfully helped in attaining Important Bird Area
Status by the Audubon Society. If funds can be raised the students future plans call for banding and tracking the Purple Matins
migration to South America.
Bird Island GPS
N34 35.698' W93 19.214'
Karen Rowe, Nongame
Migratory Bird Program Coordinator Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Hampton Wildlife Research Center
31 Halowell Lane
Humphrey, AR 72073
Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director,