In 2016, PVAS began a campaign to protect Chimney Swift habitat on the Shepherd University campus, when concerned community members learned that one of the West Virginia’s largest Chimney Swift roosting sites, Sara Cree Hall, was set for deconstruction (click here to see a video of the Chimney Swifts at Sara Cree, pre-demolition). Upon raising awareness and reaching out to local stakeholders, PVAS has committed to ensuring Chimney Swifts will continue to have roosting habitat on the Shepherd University campus.
PVAS has since successfully “RAISE(D) THE ROOST” and constructed a new roosting structure near the storm water retention area off University Drive. The area will have abundant food availability and will not be developed in the future.
Rather than wait until 100% of the fundraising was complete, PVAS moved forward with building the new tower in March 2019, prior to the return of the Chimney Swifts for the breeding season. PVAS is continuing to fundraise to now pay for the tower.
If you are interested to learn more, get involved and support the “RAISE THE ROOST” project please contact our Land and Conservation Manager, Katelyn “KC” Walters (Katelyn@PotomacAudubon.org).