The North Star Purple Martin House

Bob and the Northstar house
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For the last few years, my mother- in- law has been trying to start a colony with an old fixed pole house. She would get a few investigating Martins each year, but being unable to manage the house properly, she always had Sparrows and Starlings trying to nest in the house.

So you know the story..... No nesting Martins.

Northstar House
She asked me if I would build her a winch style house, that was light weight and easy for her to manage. So for the new millennium, I decided to redesign my 611 house by adding individual doors, and slideout nest trays for each individual compartment.

In the winter of 2000, I went back to my workshop and the NORTH STAR house was born. After building the first house, I was very pleased with the way it turned out. If you notice the Star shaped pole cap and perch on the top.... Thus it's name.

The house has all the latest features, it raises and lowers by a winch and cable system and is adaptable to a 4x4" wooden pole or any steel pole round or square up to 3 1/2" in diameter. 2 1/2" square x 16' high steel poles complete with the winch are available here on request, or I have plans on how to build your own steel or wood pole and winch assembly, if you wish to do so. It also comes complete with Starling Resistant Entrance Holes. (SREH) of your choice. See Starling control page. The “McEwen Crescent” and the “Private Eye” are my choices.

The NORTH STAR, in my opinion, is State Of The Art.For fast and efficient nest replacements, you simply keep a few extra nest trays on hand. Prebuild the nests in them before you even lower the house, then simply exchange the nestlings to the new parasite free tray and slide it in place. If you wish to plug off some of the entrance holes, you simply slide the nest tray in backwards. In just a few years the North Star has become very popular with Landlords all over North America. Occupancy rates of 100% are common, and many seasoned landlords are rating it as the finest designed wooden Martin house on the market today.

What can I say?.... My Mother-in-law made me do it....Any thing to keep her happy, EH!


Northstar House
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Each winter I build a limited number of 8 and 12 compartment houses to sell.They can be delivered anywhere in North America. If you are interested in purchasing a house, please contact me for a delivered price to your area. The houses are fully assembled and painted. (Please specify 8 or 12 compartments) As I stated, I can only build a limited number of houses each winter, so the early bird gets the worm on orders. I will not ask for payment until the house is completed and ready to be shipped out.

Plans available: The NORTH STAR house is no problem for anyone to build with moderate carpentry skills. The plans are in a 14 page binder style booklet, complete with cutting instructions, photos and step by step assembly instructions for the house, as well as the pole and winch assembly. If you wish to purchase a set of plans, the price is $25.00, postage included, just mail a check to the address at the bottom of this page. It usually takes about 2 weeks for delivery of the plans. I have sold hundreds of plans and have had nothing but great complements on the plans and how wonderful the
house is.

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A Satisfied customer 5 years later!...



-- Information on the Buskas Bungalow --
-- Attracting Purple Martins to your Colony --
-- Managing a Purple Martin Colony in Alberta --
-- Supplemental Feeding of your Purple Martins --
-- Starling and Sparrow Control --
-- See Map to Northern Sky's and Country 9 --
-- Back to the Northern Sky's Purple Martin Colony --

Bob Buskas
R.R.2 Wetaskiwin
Alberta, Canada
T9A 1W9

Phone: (780) 352-2783
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