Swifts Swirl Inn
Swifts Swirl Inn is a collaborative project between the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Wake Audubon Society to construct a permanent, protected habitat (a roost tower) in Raleigh, North Carolina, for Chimney Swifts. These birds spend the entire day flying and eat nearly one third of their own weight daily in flying insects. Sadly, the Breeding Bird Survey (1996-2006) determined swifts are declining at an annual rate of 1.64 percent. This project will restore a habitat element for more than 5,000 swifts, allow long-term monitoring of birds using the tower, and allow the public to experience the extravaganza of swifts performing their aerial acrobatics when coming to roost. Targeted outreach will engage K-12 students, who will be invited to participate in roost viewings and companion programming led by experienced educators. In addition, school administrators will be educated on the importance of uncapping chimneys at their schools. This project is being led by Erin Mester.