CHIMNEY SWIFT NESTING TOWER
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION HELPS VULNERABLE SPECIES
Did you know that Chimney Swifts are in steep decline? The chimneys where they roost are rapidly disappearing as old chimneys are capped or torn down. Building a new chimney tower creates a place for these urban birds to roost and thrive – like this amazing Chimney Swift Nesting Tower now at Habershon Field!
November 2022 - A great example of community collaboration, the Habershon Field Chimney Swift Nesting Tower was inspired by Paul and Georgean Kyle, and made possible by grants from Connecticut Ornithological Association [COA] and Hartford Audubon Society. Dave and Kate Rauch of Meriden initiated and directed the project. Students in Lyman Hall High School Carpentry Class and H.C. Wilcox Technical High School Carpentry Class processed materials and constructed components for the tower. The Castle Craig design was created by Christine Webster and volunteers at Gallery 53, and a team of youth volunteers from Ball Headz assembled and completed the tower and kiosk. Meriden Parks & Recreation made the site available and provided project support including installation of the foundation posts. Thanks are also due to CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society, CT Audubon Society, National Audubon Society, Quinnipiac River Watershed Authority (QRWA), Prentis Printing, Home Depot and John Boyle Decorating Center. It really does take a village!