07. Chimney Swift Towers: New Habitat for America's Mysterious Birds - a Construction Guide
Chimney Swift Towers
New Habitat for America's Mysterious Birds
Paul D. Kyle and Georgean Z. Kyle
Chimney Swifts, birds that nest and roost in chimneys, have been historically abundant in North America. But by the late 1980s, the number of swifts migrating to North America from the Amazon River Basin had declined.
A growing number of people across North America are now constructing nesting towers and conducting Chimney Swift conservation projects in their own communities. With Chimney Swift Towers, concerned bird conservationists have a step-by-step guide to help them create more habitat for these beneficial, insect-eating birds. Chimney Swift experts Paul and Georgean Kyle give directions for
building freestanding wooden towers, wooden kiosk towers, masonry towers, and other structures. Included are:
• design basics
• lists of materials needed
• useful diagrams and photographs
• and detailed instructions on site preparation, tower construction,
installation, and maintenance
Anyone with basic woodworking or masonry skills and an interest in wildlife conservation will find this publication helpful. That includes do-it-yourselfers, homeowners involved in creating backyard habitat for wildlife, landscape and structural architects, park and wildscape managers, wildlife management area professionals, nature centers, garden centers, scout troops, and other civic organizations in search of community service projects.
Paul D, and Georgean Z. Kyle are project directors of the Driftwood Wildlife Association's North American Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project, an all-volunteer effort to expand public awareness about the beneficial nature and the plight of Chimney Swifts. Participation across North America in this project has produced a growing number of people who are now constructing nesting towers and conducting Chimney Swift conservation projects in their own communities.
5 3/4x8 1/2. 96 pp. 36 black and white photos. 13 line drawings.