Canton Audubon Society is planning to have a chimney swift tower built for the Stark County Park District at Sippo Lake. The tower will be 16 feet tall by 20 inches square with a kiosk. We are currently in need of a builder for the tower. This can be an individual(s), an organization, Eagle Scout or Scout troop that might have an interest in this project.

Chimney swifts are native migratory birds and they traditionally nested and roosted in old, hollow trees. When these trees disappeared, they adapted to chimneys. Today, many chimneys are capped or they are no longer built. Many of the large, old smokestacks have been torn down. Towers are now constructed as a conservation measure for chimney swifts to increase the part of their critical habitat that is rapidly disappearing. They fly constantly during the day and roost in the towers at night. Swifts feed almost exclusively on flying insects, thousands are consumed daily. Therefore, chimney swifts are great for natural mosquito control. In part because of habitat loss, they have suffered a huge population decline and are now listed as a Near Threatened bird species.

Canton Audubon Society has several goals with the tower construction. They are to help create new shelter for our local chimney swift population, establish bird-friendly communities, create an ongoing local citizen science project and educate the public about this beneficial bird. If anyone is interested in this project or for more information, please contact us at cantonaudubonsociety@gmail.com.

Linda Chen, president
Canton Audubon Society
P.O. Box 9586
Canton, OH 44711-9586