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38-foot tower a new home for 1,000 migrating chimney swifts

By Shannon Sims. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

HARTLAND - This is more than a chimney without a roof. The 38 foot tower is the new home for 1,000 migrating chimney swifts.

"It is actually cool how they live in a chimney and every other bird making a nest in the tree," says student Nathan Vernon.

The children of Hartland School of Community Learning started raising money and awareness for the roosting habitat after learning the birds old resting stop was being torn down.

Video shows flocks of birds swarming around the old chimney at the White Elm building during sunset.

"They have to have these rest stops because if they don't they are weak they are going to be eaten by predators they are more susceptible to the cold and sickness."

It was a race against time. The kids had 11 months to get the new habitat up before the bird's fall migration to South and Central America.

"It's like a dream come true. I thought that we would get it but not as soon as we did," said Tikvah Schlissel.

A Fox Pro Device was donated to simulate the sound of a chimney swift. When activated it will help the birds find their new home.

"We are going to do it for as long as it takes to get them here 15 minutes before sunset and 15 minutes after sunset."

Even though the chimney is complete the group still needs thousands of dollars to pay back a loan to the village and build an informational kiosk near the structure.

If you would like to help their cause you can click here.

Tax Deductible donations can be sent to:

Riveredge Nature Center

P.O. Box 26

Newburg, WI 53060

Shannon Sims

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Shannon Sims joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team after working (most recently) with the morning team on FOX19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.