Barn swallow, bobolinks conservation project sees success
Island Nature Trust hoping to build big barn swallow structure, but group needs a partner
An Island Nature Trust project to protect barn swallows and bobolinks on P.E.I. is seeing success, and now the trust is looking to aim higher.
Last year the Island Nature trust started asking residents to track the two endangered songbirds, and help make their environments more welcoming. They had many volunteers.
"A lot of people came to me and asked me to come out and see their bobolink or barn swallows," said Shaylyn Wallace, program coordinator for the trust.
"They just wanted to know how to help them."
"I didn't realize that they were on the endangered list," said J'Nan Brown, who invited the Island Nature Trust to see the barn swallows on her property.
"I guess it's partly because barns are mostly kept shut,"
Wallace said there are other simple ways to help, such as putting up ledges and making mud puddles so swallows can use the mud for their nests.
Building homes for swallows
The trust has also been speaking with some communities in Ontario which have erected large structures for swallows to nest in.
They say they'd like to build something similar here, but they first have to find a partnering organization to help fund raise and someone to help build the structure.