Chimney swifts
  • Chimney swift
    © Georges L. Armistead
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Problem : As old hollow trees became harder to find, chimney swifts started roosting and nesting in brick chimneys. But brick chimneys are now being demolished or replaced by modern steel ones, placing these birds at risk.
Identifying and monitoring chimneys. The park’s biologists look for chimneys being used as roosting or nesting places, and monitor known sites, to see whether they are still being used. © Nature Action
Creating suitable habitats. The park restores and alters chimneys to make them suitable for roosting or nesting, creating new habitats for chimney swifts. © Éco-Nature
Inventorying hollow trees (snags). The park identifies hollow trees that could be used by chimney swifts, to help protect these important habitats. © Éco-Nature
Supporting private property owners. Property owners wishing to keep a chimney used by chimney swifts can get expert advice from the park’s experts. © Éco-Nature
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Keep your brick chimney unblocked so that chimney swifts can use it, or install a custom chimney cap (ask the park’s experts). Don’t have your chimney swept between May 1 and September 1 (nesting period).