I spoke with Jayne earlier this week about how the current status of the Shelter’s project. She informed me that there are Carolina wren nest boxes, bat boxes, and bee hotels still to be hung, and that Blake has been coordinating their placement. She suggested I help to install those and that Mr. Dick Tuttle would likely be very excited to have student interest in continuing these efforts. Jayne said that the next project of interest would probably be a Chimney Swift tower. This sort of tower is important because “Swifts do not perch; instead, they have stiff, spiny tails that aid in clinging vertically to rough surfaces such as the chimneys or silos in which they roost or raise their young.”
Because chimneys are becoming less common in new developments and modern architecture, appropriate housing for this species will be necessary for their success. They are great consumers of insects and are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916.
Also! Here’s a news article about the building of a large structure for swifts in North Carolina: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/04/4377022/raleigh-tower-designed-with-chimney.html