Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society partnered with Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society to help fund a Chimney Swift tower being built by Justin Duricky for his Eagle Scout project.
Chimney Swift Tower at Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society partnered with Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society and the Kirtland Bird Club to help fund a Chimney Swift tower built by Justin Duricky for his Ohio Eagle Scout project. He is a member of Troop 75 in Mentor, Ohio.
The tower was recently completed and placed at Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve at the recommendation of Joel Throckmorton, NABC Certified Bird Bander and Scott Robbins, Mentor Marina Manager, from the City of Mentor. This is a perfect location since Chimney Swifts have been seen in the natural area that is assuredly full of tasty bugs.
"I'm following the instructions in the Chimney Swift Tower book by Paul and Georgian Kyle to build the tower. The tower itself is a place for the Chimney Swift bird to roost. It is a 12 ft free standing tower with a hole in the top for the bird to dive into and roost. The inside is textured so they have a great place to roost. Hopefully by adding it to the lagoons it attracts more Chimney Swift birds and more people to watch the birds." ~ Justin Duricky
The tower exemplifies all the most important parts of a successful Chimney Swift including: A light color to help keep the chicks cool; a large 16” opening to accommodate the 12-13” wingspan of Chimney Swifts and plenty of space around the tower to protect from predators and accommodate the high-speed acrobatics Chimney Swifts perform as they catch bugs.
Directions: FROM THE EAST-Take Rt. 2 or I90 to Route 44 North (Heisley North). Follow signs to Rt. 283 and turn left. Continue about three miles to Harbor Drive. Turn right on Harbor Drive
FROM THE WEST - Take Rt 2 or I90 and exit Route 615 North (Center St.). Proceed on Center St. and then Hopkins, until road ends at Lake Shore Boulevard.Turn right, then left at Harbor Drive.
Amanda Sebrosky - Having grown up on a farm in Northeastern Ohio, I have always loved animals. My father gave me a sense of the importance of birds and my mother instilled in me the importance of volunteerism and contributing to causes that would support conservation. I obtained a BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, an RN from Cuyahoga Community College and a MS from Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs, Environmental Track. Since retiring from University Hospitals IT department in 2017, I have concentrated on volunteerism and currently am active at Cleveland Metroparks and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in the Lights Out program. I am a graduate of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water District Master Rain Gardener Class of 2019. While I love all things wild, I am working to promote the use of native plants and chimney swift conservation. Add your 'Like' to the Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society Facebook Page. Contact: Amanda Sebrosky, Founder, Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (440) 610-1148. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chimneyswiftconservation
Make A Donation to the Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society To Build More Towers
Chimney Swift populations have declined by 70% since 1966. There are many factors contributing to this decline but one big reason is lack of habitat. Make a donation to WCAS to help Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society's efforts to build more towers. Use our safe and secure PayPal payment button below to make a donation in any amount. All donations are gratefully received.
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