Royal Oaks, Lorain County Metro Parks Chimney Swift Tower Project by Amanda Sebrosky, Founder, Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society
"My vision is to make Northeast Ohio a chimney swift haven by building hundreds of towers in every park and school in Northeast Ohio as well as in backyards of private residences where open spaces exist. Additionally, I hope to engage citizens to help with monitoring activity at towers helping me keep a database of locations and possibly population counts." - Amanda Sebrosky
This is something we can do something about rapidly by building free-standing towers. These are essentially tall wood boxes with horizontal grooves in the interior walls which allow the birds to hang on and attach nests. The towers are 8-12 feet tall.
My vision is to make Northeast Ohio a chimney swift haven by building hundreds of towers in every park and school in Northeast Ohio as well as in backyards of private residences where open spaces exist. Additionally, I hope to engage citizens to help with monitoring activity at towers helping me keep a database of locations and possibly population counts.
My first success has been with Lorain County Metro Parks. They have been very positive about placing towers in their parks from the start and have already made plans to place a tower at Royal Oaks in Grafton, Ohio -- the first of what I hope will be many towers in Lorain County Metro Parks.
The money for this tower came from a fundraiser on the facebook page for Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation which members generously supported. Future towers will be supported through grants, donations, sponsorships and other fundraisers.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society has provided much needed advice and support for this conservation project. Additionally, WCAS has consented to be my fiscal agent allowing me to apply for grants for non-profit organizations - something I would be unable to do as an individual. It will also provide tax-advantages to those who donate.
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: email@example.com 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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