The towers will serve two purposes: (1) provide additional nesting locations for an urban bird species experiencing declining populations and (2) encourage others to take actions, such as keeping masonry chimneys uncapped or cleaning their chimney during October through April, when Chimney Swifts are not usually present. Another exciting aspect of Wings Over Indy is providing hands-on conservation experience to students in Marion County right at their own school. No need to take a bus to some distant park. They are making a difference at their neighborhood school. And, they are having fun using tools and learning about swifts in the process. That is way cool!
|Cold Spring School students assembling a section of the tower|
Working with the students from the two schools was amazing. Both schools have a predominant minority student population that have been underexposed to environmental education. Usually, environmental education for these schools entails the students boarding a bus for a field trip to a distant (to them) park where they learn about nature. We are letting the students know that nature is all around them, even where they live and learn. Engaging the students to make a difference at their own school or neighborhood empowers them to be better environmental stewards in the future. This is a win for the Chimney Swifts; a win for the students; and a win for Amos W. Butler Audubon.
|Brook Park students dedicating a tower they were helping to build!|