Darien boy scouts need your help with birdhouse project

A tree swallow rests on the top of a bird house. (Chris Bosak photo)

A tree swallow rests on the top of a bird house. (Chris Bosak photo)

Is Darien for the birds?

Darien Boy Scout Jacob Rucquoi sure hopes so, and is seeking your support.

According to the state’s Audubon Society, increased use of pesticide and loss of natural nesting sites has caused a dramatic decrease in a type of birds called “aerial insectivores,” those who consume flying insects. One of the steps the Audubon Society is pursuing is the decrease in the harmful pesticides and an increase in man-made nesting sites. And here is where the Darien Boy Scouts come in.

Under the counsel of Joe Warren, of Wild Birds Unlimited, 356 Heights Road, the Audubon Society and the state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Jacob and his fellow scouts will be building and establishing 20 new homes designed for blue birds; which, along with their stunning look and sounds, consume a ferocious volume of insects, as do tree swallows (who may also use these houses and are aerial insectivores).

Thanks to the donation of lumber by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, hardware from The Home Depot, help from a local carpenter, much of the project will cost nothing; however, special mounting will be needed to minimize intrusion by predators. This is the only cost of the program, and is being provided at cost by Wild Birds Unlimited for $16 per bird house. Anyone from the community who would like to help support this project may do so by calling Wild Birds Unlimited at 203-202-2669, or stop by the store (located next to the Noroton Heights Post Office).

Donations are needed before April 12 for the houses to be installed by the third week in April.

More info: ctaudubon.org

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