Built a Chimney Swift Tower

Jakob and his helpers constructed a Chimney Swift Tower. The tower is a habitat for birds called chimney swifts, who require unique nesting environments. The population of chimney swifts in the area had been declining in recent years, and the local Audobon society encouraged construction of towers to help keep the birds in the area. Chimney Swifts feed on flying insects, so the location of the tower along the Fox River was perfect.

Built with wood, insulation, vinyl siding, steel legs and a concrete base, the tower stands an impressive 14 feet high. Over 30 volunteers contributed a total of 200 hours to the project.

— Jakob, Troop 13, St. Charles, Ill.

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