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The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County

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Barbara Lucas
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89.1 WEMU

In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys.  

Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling.  In the March installment of The Green Room​, Barbara Lucas looks at what we can do to help out.

For info on the life cycle of chimney swifts, and what to do if you have “guests” in your chimney:

To attend a local “Swift Night Out”:

To learn more about the potential use of 415 W. Washington as a park:

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Barbara received a master's degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. She began her association with WEMU in 2003 as an intern with Washtenaw County, assisting with the weekly "Issues of the Environment" show. In 2003 she also began working in documentary film, and later established her own video production company.