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Chimney Swifts Back at Queen's

2010-03-19

Chris Grooms - a research technician with Queen’s Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL) – is spearheading a movement to bring chimney swifts back to campus – working with the Kingston Field Naturalists, the Queen’s Sustainability Office, Physical Plant Services and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Native to the Kingston area, the chimney swift was once a regular sight on the campus of Queen’s University. The large birds like to roost in chimneys, but modern building codes have seen their city habitats capped with wire mesh. Recently listed as threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, swift populations have declined by 95 per cent in southern Canada since the 1960s.
Four artificial chimneys have already been installed on Fleming Hall and the Craine Building, and mesh screens have been removed from the existing chimneys. Model swifts and speakers broadcasting the swifts’ birdcalls will be placed on the roofs to attract the birds to these two spots.
To arrange an interview with Chris Grooms or members of the chimney swift team, please contact Stephanie Earp at 613-533-6000 ext. 79173 or via email at stephanie.earp@queensu.ca  or Jeff Drake at 613-533-2877 or via email at jeff.drake@queensu.ca

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