Today’s Events

No events today, but take a look below to see what's coming up.
  • ~ June 5, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Dakota County Prairie Birds
  • ~ June 5, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center
  • ~ June 6, 2016. 7:00 am. Field Trip: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
  • ~ June 9, 2016. All Day Event. Road Trip: Central Minnesota Birding Days, June 9-10
  • ~ June 9, 2016. 5:00 pm. Family Outing: Potluck Supper & Birding at Richardson Nature Center: Thursday, June 9
  • ~ June 12, 2016. All Day Event. Field Trip: Cannon River Bottoms
  • ~ June 25, 2016. All Day Event. Family Outing: BioBlitz @ Louisville Swamp
  • ~ June 26, 2016. 8:00 am. Field Trip: MN Valley Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Birding: Bloomington Visitor Center

Eagle Scout Completes Chimney Swift Tower

By Paul Randall, MRVAC Member 

I want to thank for your generous donation of $250 for chimney swift tower materials; my Eagle Scout project. Without it, I would not have had enough funding in time.

I‘d like to talk about my project and how it went for me. This is a large chimney like tower providing a place for chimney swifts to roost and nest. We started work on the 16th of June and finished on the 26th. It ended up being 18 hours of work with several people on each of the five workdays. On the final day, one of the parents brought scaffolding which greatly increased progress. We used liquid nail on the entire tower, along with screws for maximum strength. The angle irons are also a quarter of an inch adding additional strength. It shouldn‘t be going anywhere! I finished by the end of June, my original goal.

I hope you are pleased with where your money went. I am very happy with how the tower turned out. There is quite a bit of space underneath to squeeze in and clean the tower. I can do the cleaning job; it is only once a year and it is very simple. I just have to scrape the twig nest out if a nest was made. The tower should also last for a number of decades. Yearly maintenance should keep it in good condition and I can do my best to preserve it. Ron Windingstad from Audubon Minnesota gave me a CD with Chimney Swift recordings on it. I will play it in an attempt to attract nesting or roosting swifts. If you would like to see it, feel free to contact me. Thank you again helping me complete my project with your support.