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p. 5

Preface

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p. 7

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An Overview of the Chimney Swift

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pp. 13-18

"TO UNDERSTAND THE HABITAT requirements of Chimney Swifts, it is important to know something of their character, behavior, and breeding..."

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Tower Construction Basics

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pp. 19-25

"WHEN CONSTRUCTING TOWERS specifically for use by Chimney Swifts as nesting and roosting sites, you must take into account the following..."

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Wooden Towers

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pp. 27-66

"ALTHOUGH CHIMNEY SWIFTS currently nest most commonly in masonry chimneys and air shafts, they evolved to nest in hollow trees. Therefore, their saliva is best suited to gluing their nests..."

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Masonry Towers

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pp. 67-81

"BECAUSE CHIMNEY SWIFTS now commonly use chimneys rather than hollow trees as nest and roost sites, it makes sense to consider masonry construction when building new habitat for them."

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A Conservation Plan Using Multiple Towers

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pp. 82-83

"CHIMNEY SWIFTS are very social birds except when nesting is involved. A large tower may attract multitudes of swifts, but there will only be one active nest per structure per year. For multiple..."

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Monitoring Roost and Nest Sites

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pp. 84-88

"WE OFTEN SAY that observing Chimney Swifts is “a pain in the neck.” This is literally true because most of their activity takes place high above treetop level. One must be constantly looking up to..."

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Site Report Form

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pp. 89-92

"It is important to gather as much information on structures that were not used as on those that were. By comparing the characteristics of both categories of structures, we will learn which new features are important to the nesting success..."

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