Friday, October 14, 2011

Chimney Swift Towers (Winnipeg)

Some very interesting projects to help establish new habitat for chimney swifts:

Stevens Point Sculpture Park - Stevens Point, Wisconsin

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is working in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Audobon Society to develop and install two or more sculptural objects that can function as chimney swift nesting towers.

Call for Entries - Sculptural Chimney Swift Habitat

Nature Manitoba - Chimney Swift Program - Winnipeg and Surrounding Area

From 2006 to 2011, the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative received funding from the Manitoba government’s Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF) and from Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding program. The project has also received support from Manitoba Hydro and other institutions.

In 2008, swift towers were erected in Starbuck, St. Adolphe, Portage la Prairie, and Winnipeg. In addition to watching these sites, the group continues to identify and monitor roosting and nest sites around the province.

Link to: Chimney Swift Program

Other Great Resources (online & hardcopy):

- Chimney Swift Towers: New Habitat for America's Mysterious Birds by Paul Kyle
- Online website for Chimney Swift Research and Info: Chimney Swift Org
- Ottawa Stewardship Council - Chimney Swift Monitoring Report
- Nature London's Swift Fact Sheet - 30 pages (pdf format)

Other Posts about Chimney Swifts:

Chimney Swift Tower in Toronto (2011)
Chimney Swift population decline is not due to lost habitat - 2012 Ontario Study (2016)

Other Urban Bird Posts:

Barred Owl Visit to Parklette in Toronto (2014)

Urban Bobolink in Ottawa (2012)

The Pigeon Paradox (2012)

Purple Martin Nesting (2011)

Roosting Crows in Ottawa (2011)

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