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A purple martin, drangonfly in beak, prepares to enter a gourd-style martin house with the day's meal. Martins subsist mainly on insects, particularly mosquitoes, so they're popular birds to have around. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Purple martins stir memories for local bird enthusiasts

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Nostalgia for an iridescent indigo bird that nearly became extinct is the impetus for the movement to restore the purple martin population.

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