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Purple martin association seeks to revive population of unique birds

10:58 AM, Jul. 15, 2013
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A thunderstorm is fast approaching as Greg Zimmermann uses a pulley system to quickly lower the first of his three birdhouses to the ground in the backyard of his rural Sheboygan Falls home.

Inside, a cluster of young purple martins extend their necks in search of food, though Zimmermann is only there to check for signs of predators while the adult birds are away catching insects.

"There's three little ones there, and they're waiting to eat," Zimmermann says while peering inside before turning the pulley and sending the house back atop a metal pole. ...

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