Today’s Events

  • October 13, 2015 – Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake
    8:00 am, Field Trip

MRVAC Programs

September 24: If You Were a Marbled Godwit, Where Would You Be? by Bridget Olson, Deputy Refuge Manager, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

October 22: A Day at Today’s Office with Birdchick by Sharon Stiteler, The Birdchick

  • ~ October 13, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake
  • ~ October 17, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Rapids Lake
  • ~ October 22, 2015. 7:00 pm. MRVAC Program: A Day at Today’s Office with Birdchick
  • ~ October 23, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Goodhue County Birding Day
  • ~ October 24, 2015. 8:00 am. Field Trip: Bird Watching Trek at Bass Ponds Trailhead, Long Meadow Lake
  • ~ November 19, 2015. 6:00 pm. MRVAC Program: MRVAC Auction & Bake Sale: November 19

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.