In 2006 members of the Manitoba Naturalists Society (now Nature Manitoba) formed the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative (MCSI) with membership and funding from the private sector and the three levels of government. The aim was to do something tangible for the swifts; the objective was to determine the distribution of the population and then design, locate and build new habitat.
Over the years projects have involved site monitoring, educational outreach, design and erection of artificial nest structures, facilitating repairs to active chimneys, creation of guidelines, liaison with other conservation programs, etc.
The Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative is supported by the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund for Species at Risk (EDF) and Habitat Stewardship Program (HSC) and from the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund from Bird Studies Canada. In previous years, the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative has received grants from the Manitoba Conservation Endangered Species and Biodiversity Fund and from their Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF) and from Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding program. The project has also received support from Manitoba Hydro, the Lady Gray’l Fund, and other sources.
The MSCI has erected swift towers in Starbuck, St. Adolphe, Portage la Prairie, and Winnipeg. Click here for a map of tower locations. In addition to watching these sites, we continue to identify and monitor roosting and nest sites around the province. Click here for a map of active sites in Manitoba.
Nature Manitoba is pleased to be involved in this project to better understand the causes behind Chimney Swift population declines and hopefully reverse this trend.
Our MCSI Habitat Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator, Tim Poole, may be contacted at email@example.com
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