Chimney Swift towers have been in use since 1932. They provide nesting locations May through August as well as nightly shelter during spring and fall migrations. One tower costs approximately $600 in materials to build. If you’d like to be part of our initiative to build more towers for placement around Knox County, please donate here.
Interested in seeing Chimney Swifts during migration? Join us for our annual Flight of the Chimney Swifts event.
Follow along below to see the progression and installation of our very own Chimney Swift Tower!
Longtime Owl Creek Conservancy members Jeff Kauffman and Walt Kelling begin construction on the Chimney Swift tower prototype.
Construction continues. At this point, the tower is 19 feet long and weighs about 300 pounds.
Director Vicki nails on the insulation board. Insulation and air gaps help regulate the internal temperature of the tower.
The nearly finished tower is loaded on a flatbed trailer for its trip to the Brown Family Environmental Center. The siding will be added on-site because the weight of the tower would crush the vinyl en route.
The tower arrives at the Labyrinth at the Brown Family Environmental Center, near the Kokosing Gap Trail.
Shane McGuire of the Brown Family Environmental Center made the installation of the tower possible.
The maintenance crew from Kenyon College made themselves available to help out, and they were a great group of guys.
The crowd looks on as Shane and the maintenance crew dig the hole where the tower will be set.
Shane and the crew add concrete to the backfill for added stability.
The crowd gives encouragement and support to the workers. It’s always fun to watch someone else work!
The tower is sided. Vinyl is a good choice because it’s too smooth for predators to climb, and the light color helps reflect heat.
A sheet metal cap is made to protect the top.
Jeff and Walt stand next to the finished product.
The completed Chimney Swift tower.