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.
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