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Eric F. Morris1

Male
b. May 1973


Mother Linda Anne Unknown1 b. April 1949
Father Bruce Franklin Morris1 b. February 1949
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Family Jaime C. Unknown b. circa 1973
Children  1. Jacob Morris b. c 1997
  2. Kyle Morris b. c 1999

Marriage*   Principal=Jaime C. Unknown2 
Birth* May 1973  Summit Co., OH1 
News/Obit 7 July 2005  by Jeffrey E. McCants

It wasn't Superman who was flying over Portage Lakes in Coventry Township on Saturday. But Larry R. Hunter found the spectacle just as spectacular. It was Purple Martin Day, an annual event where residents can learn about and feed a flock of the birds.

Hunter, 63, of Akron is the president of Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association, which was founded in 2000. Martins -- the largest in the North American swallow family -- are vital to the environment, Hunter said. The dark purple birds eat their body weight in insects every day. "Less insects means less pesticides," Hunter said. "That keeps the water clean."

The event was held on state-owned land near North Reservoir, where the association maintains a huge collection of man-made birdhouses. Seven poles support 84 gourds, each with a specially designed entrance to keep out everything but the martins. "You can't just go out and put up a pole," Hunter said to a group of more than 20 people, some of whom were wondering how to attract the colorful birds to their own back yards.

Hunter and his colleague, Paul Toth, 49, of Akron demonstrated how they feed the martins. Using a spatula as a catapult and pieces of scrambled egg as ammunition, Hunter and Toth took turns flinging food up to the martins. The birds rarely touch ground, so the food has to be sent to them, they explained. They also place calcium-rich egg shells on a tray and raise them for the birds.

Jamie Morris , 32, and her husband, Eric Morris, 32, both of Coventry Township, brought their two sons out to see the birds. Six-year-old Kyle rode on top of his father's shoulders to get a better look while 8-year-old Jacob got the chance to peek inside a nest. "They're funny," Kyle said of the martins.

Since the association was started, it has raised more than $10,000 to maintain 148 gourds scattered around Coventry Township. Hunter estimated there are currently about 140 adult purple martins and 240 chicks -- plenty to ensure the birds will be around for future community feedings.

"It's nice to come out in the evening, sit in the car and eat ice cream," said John Kulcsar, 52, of Barberton. Watching the birds is something that he and his wife, Jan, 49, do on a regular basis. "It's very relaxing," he said.

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, July 7, 2005
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