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Purple Martin Nesting Season at Daggerwing Nature Center

This year’s Purple Martin (Progne subis) nesting season at Daggerwing Nature Center was a success!  In the second year since our nest houses were installed as part of an Eagle Scout project, we have noted an increase in our nesting population and the number of fledglings produced.  

The first Purple Martin of the season was seen on February 14, 2020 and nesting was apparent on March 7.  The first recorded egg was noted on April 4.  In total, there were 39 eggs laid throughout the season and 26 fledglings were successfully raised. This total success rate of 66.7% is higher than the 40% seen in 2019! The nest houses were occupied until vacated on June 19, 2020.  We are hoping for an even busier nesting season next year! 


Paul Connell, Indira Persaud, Mike Steele, Eric Rein and Katie Kollmeyer activated through the EOA Branch – assisting with set up of the SCCC drive-thru testing center on April 6, 2020

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation staff continues to make a difference in any way they can during these unprecedented times.

Drive through COVID-19 testing began on April 7th at South County Civic Center, and PBC Parks staff were among those assisting with setup and other tasks; staff in Recreation Services, Park Operations, Special Facilities, and Finance & Support Services stepped up to help make the testing site a reality. They prepared the site, made the facility available, provided access to other Departments, made a considerable number of signs, coordinated custodial services for staff restrooms, and activated the Emergency Operating Area staff through the EDRP program to provide logistical and operational assistance to the on-site Incident Command. Staff participated in a dry run to make sure the traffic flow was functioning well prior to it’s start.

PBC Parks Sign Shop Superstars –Steve Achilles and Cristina Cano making a banner for drive-thru testing


Ralph Osgood and Dessilon Saint-Eloi unload a critical supply at the FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches drive-through testing center

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department staff are constantly springing into action – on March 30, staff helped set up the COVID-19 testing site located at FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Staff helped with this tremendous effort by filling sandbags, positioning generators, making and delivering signage, among other tasks!

“We say it all year long – parks save lives – thank for stepping up again in our community’s time of need to make a difference.” -Jennifer Cirillo, pbcParks Assistant Director

Jackie Lambert and Rick Hedlund making sure they practice proper social distancing