Maximus Racanelli, a Darien Troop 53 Scout, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project in August at the Darien Community AssociationBird Sanctuary. An Eagle Scout Service Project is an opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.
Racanelli led his team to construct two insect hotels which provide a home for various insects such as bees, beetles, fireflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies. These various bugs help to pollinate the flowers, plants, and trees in the sanctuary. Insect hotels are natural structures that are helpful to the environment because not only do they provide homes for insects, but they provide food for species higher up the food chain including birds and small rodents, creating a stable base in the ecosystem.