Other Conservation Activities

In addition to efforts to create the proposed Mounds Greenway, our chapter has these current conservation activities:

Christmas Bird Count results

Peregrine FalconOf the 53 species and 5,289 individual birds tallied in this year’s local Christmas Bird Count, European Starlings took first place, with 2,316 individuals.

But they were certainly weren’t the most interesting bird spotted in our local count, on December 17! That honor goes to a Peregrine Falcon, spotted in downtown Muncie after several days of loitering on tall buildings with at least one other falcon.

Other noteworthy sightings included a Bald Eagle, two Northern Pintails, three Ruddy Ducks, and three Purple Finches, among others. Click to see the full list.

Fifteen volunteers participated in the count, canvassing a 15-mile-wide circle in Delaware County. They traveled by car and by foot, and some counted birds at their backyard feeders. Altogether, volunteers spent nearly 23 hours counting birds and traversed more than 150 miles!

The National Audubon Society conducted the first Christmas Bird Count in 1900, making it the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running wildlife census and one of the world's greatest ongoing citizen-science efforts. Scientists use the data gathered to help track trends in bird populations and address conservation issues.

To learn more about Christmas Bird Counts and learn the total results after they’ve been tallied later this winter, visit the National Audubon Society's CBC page.

Chimney Swift tower

Chimney SwiftThe Friends of the Limberlost organization (Geneva, Ind.) is erecting a Chimney Swift tower, thanks in part to materials donated by our chapter. More details and photos will be coming soon!

Because of old growth forest loss and and the capping or destruction of chimneys, artificial towers can provide Chimney Swifts with much-needed nesting and roosting habitat.

If you'd like to learn how to build and erect a Chimney Swift tower on your property, visit www.chimneyswitfts.org.