Jack Ferguson, a local scout, is installing a Chimney Swift tower at Blue Spruce Park as part of his requirements for his Eagle Scout certification. The tower is 14 feet in height and will provide habitat for Chimney Swifts who often nest in chimneys. Because many new homes are built without chimneys and older chimneys are torn down, the Chimney Swift has seen declining habitat in recent years.
Here are some Chimney Swift facts:
Nest in chimneys or other hollow structures
Common throughout the eastern half of the United States
Migrate to South America for the winter
Identifiable by their slender, cigar-shaped body and long, narrow wings
Long claws and bristly feathers help them cling to vertical surfaces
Nests are held together and to walls with saliva
Source: National Audubon Society
This year Gregg Van Horn is lighting the Harmon and Trusal Covered Bridges for the holiday season.
Our crews are taking advantage of the recent mild weather to get some badly needed repairs done to our park facilities. This restroom at Blue Spruce is receiving a new roof and new skylights.