Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Purple Martin Sanctuary: A National Wildlife Habitat in Zilker

You can visit a wonderful national wildlife habitat certified sanctuary for songbirds, purple martins, right here in our Zilker neighborhood. It’s located at 1606 Virginia Avenue.

A local news-station did a recent story on the sanctuary:  http://austin.ynn.com/content/278141/local-wonders–songbirds-flock-to-south-austin. There’s a wonderful story and video profile. My husband and I walk by this nearly everyday with our dog. We call it our “birdhouse route” walk.

It’s important to note that this sanctuary is National Wildlife Habitat certified. That means it offers four components: shelter, food, water, & a place to raise young. It’s a great example. It’s open to the public – drop by, sit in a chair or on a bench, and enjoy the natural music (and check out the Austin skyline while you there.)

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