Navigation Links
Threatened bird species finds home at Western
Date:12/13/2007

Earlier this year, the bird was assessed with the designation of Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). COSEWIC is the scientific body that advises the federal government on the status of species at risk.

Since 1967, the number of chimney swifts in Canada has plummeted by 95 per cent. Chimney swifts are sooty-coloured, swallow-like birds that nest and roost mainly in old, large-diameter, brick-lined chimneys. From late April to early October, sunrise to sunset, chimney swifts fly high in the sky, each eating up to a thousand insects a day.

The main reasons behind the dramatic drop in swift numbers are believed to be a general decline in insect populations and a shortage of suitable nesting and roosting sites. At night, the birds cling by their toenails to the vertical brick interior. Chimney swifts also build nests inside chimneys, using their glue-like saliva to attach twigs together and to the bricks.

With the growth of gas furnaces and chimney conversions to include metal linings, the stock of available chimneys suitable for use by swifts has been steadily diminishing since the 1960s.

In presenting this certificate, we are recognizing the importance of six of Westerns chimneys for breeding chimney swifts. By raising awareness of the needs of this threatened species, we hope Western will continue to maintain these chimneys in such a way that they will provide essential nesting habitat for swifts in years to come, says Winifred Wake, SwiftWatchs Volunteer Coordinator.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jeff Renaud
519-661-2111 x85165
University of Western Ontario
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Freshwater supplies threatened in central Pacific
2. Smithsonian scientists working to save microscopic threatened species
3. Research shows loggerhead sea turtles threatened by small-scale fishing operations
4. New, rare and threatened species discovered in Ghana
5. Food source threatened by carbon dioxide
6. Threatened birds may be rarer than geographic range maps suggest
7. New continent and species discovered in Atlantic study
8. Emphasis on conifer forests places multiple species at risk
9. One species entire genome discovered inside anothers
10. How the plant immune system can drive the formation of new species
11. Student study bolsters case for adding a rare sunflower to the endangered species list
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 25, 2021 , ... Phlexglobal announced ... Planet Group, has selected Phlexglobal and its innovative regulatory SaaS software, PhlexSubmission, as ... a comprehensive review of five regulatory software companies, with the review team including ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... 25, 2021 , ... The 2021 Virtual Conference on Clinical Trial Supply-Europe ... More and more, clinical trial supply conferences are featuring speakers and forums that ... Asymmetrex’s founder and CEO, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., presented a talk ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... ... March 23, 2021 , ... G-CON Manufacturing (G-CON), the ... by Matica Biotechnology (Matica Bio), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing ... the cleanroom build out for its new GMP production facility in College Station, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ... Life Sciences and Healthcare firms of all sizes, adds depth to its team ... specialist. Pardillo, who earned his doctorate in computational chemistry from Florida International University ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ABI Wellness, ... and reporting approach designed under CEO Mark Watson, today announced a webinar dedicated ... featuring guest speakers Dr. Cameron Clark, Neuropsychologist and Founder of Sharp Thinking, and ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... ... The Xtalks editorial team is pleased to announce the launch of the ... joined by editorial team members Ayesha Rashid, Sydney Perelmutter and Mira Nabulsi to discuss ... including insights from industry experts. , The Xtalks Life Science podcast will feature ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... Conn. (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2021 , ... ... develops solutions for characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, recently unveiled ... applications. , Not all microbes are created equal: some are easy to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: