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Looking for a Creative Gift That's Good for Birds?

If you are looking for a creative gift for a bird-lover or conservation-minded relative, Wake County Audubon is selling commemorative bricks to be placed at their proposed roosting chimney at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Chimney swifts historically roosted in large, old hollowed out trees. As humans began to significantly alter the forests and landscapes of North America 200 years ago, fewer of these trees were available. Fortunately for the swifts, we also built chimneys perfect for nesting and roosting of these acrobatic birds. Now, as chimneys are less common and many are capped, their habitat is declining once more.

To provide roosting habitat as well as a platform for research, Wake County Audubon is building a large chimney which could potentially house thousands of swifts. If you'd like to contribute to this effort by purchasing an engraved brick, see their website for more information.

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