Chimney Swift nest
Little Rock Audubon Center

Chimney Swift Towers

A home for our fast-flying friends
A Chimney Swift uses its saliva to stick its nest to the inside of a chimney Photo: Bruce Di Labio
Little Rock Audubon Center

Chimney Swift Towers

A home for our fast-flying friends

The Little Rock Audubon Center offers safe nesting and roosting space for Chimney Swifts with four towers that act as surrogates for chimneys.

The current global population of Chimney Swifts is believed to be around 15 million. Though that may seem large, it's much smaller than historical counts. Between 1966 and 2007, the number of Chimney Swifts in the United States declined 53 percent. The downward spiral is due to a housing crisis: chimney capping and a large-scale switch to other heat sources have robbed the birds of their homes—and their namesake. Meanwhile, logging and farming operations are decimating their wintering sites in the tropics.

Our four swift towers, one on either side of our front doors, and two along our wildlife observation trail, help make up for the loss of traditional nesting structures. Only one pair will nest in a tower, but dozens to thousands of birds will roost together after the breeding season but before migrating south for the winter. 

Eagle Scouts built one of our towers. Want to build your own? Check out these instructional videos - Part 1Part 2.

Roosting Chimney Swifts erupt from Audubon Arkansas's tower.

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