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Boy Scout builds bird tower at DS Ranch Park

Staff Report

DRIPPING SPRINGS — To give a home to a threatened family of birds, Boy Scout Alexander Seshan,15, donated a Chimney Swift Tower for the Dripping Springs Ranch Park.

Seshan, a scout with Life Scout Troop 280, constructed the 12-foot tower for Chimney Swift (Chaetura Pelagica) birds, a species that is decreasing in size. The project spanned a total of 150 hours for completion — Seshan started in July and finished at the beginning of August.

“As a scout, I like helping people achieve their goals and seeing them grow,” Seshan said. “I chose the Chimney Swift Tower as my project because I wanted to do something for Dripping Springs Ranch Park, and they said it was needed.”

Chimney Swifts typically make homes in chimneys but sometimes they will use air shafts, wells or reservoirs when chimneys are not available. The birds can be found in Texas during the spring season and they typically arrive in the Hays County area at the beginning of April.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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