The demolition of the Masonic Temple took an interesting turn when one of the neighbors alerted us that the 40 ft. high chimney connected to the Temple was used by thousands of Chimney Swift birds as a resting stop along their migratory route to South America. Demolition was put on hold as we began to learn more about these special little birds and come up with a plan to save their habitat.
Chimney Swifts are unique birds that spend the majority of their life in flight. Their anatomy includes curved claws do not permit them to sit on flat surfaces, which is why they rest along the walls of chimneys and hallowed out trees. They put on quite the spectacle before they roost in a chimney- swirling around in large numbers like a tornado before they finally decided to funnel at high speeds into the chimney.
With the help of local community members, the Audubon Society, engineers and architects; we have found a way to save the existing chimney and conduct our demolition around the structure.
Check out some of the recent press about the Chimney Swifts:
WFMZ 69: https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/local-developer-says-construction-project-delays-worth-the-cost-to-save-special-type-of-bird/article_ff9c8538-4a1e-11eb-878c-2f0337d70bf1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
Swifts Gadfly Blog: https://thebethlehemgadfly.com/category/swifts/